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Vatican Says Pope Francis to Visit Mexico in 2016

Ben Mathis-Lilley - Slate
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October 7, 2015
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Just a few weeks after returning from his US trip, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will travel to Mexico next year. (Rome Reports)

Update: Mexican Gov't Confirms It's Preparing for 2016 Papal Visit (EFE)

Pope Francis will follow up his much-discussed trip to the United States by visiting Mexico in the early months of 2016, Televisa reports. Details at this point are limited, but the outlet says that he is expected to see the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico City, which per a Vatican statement in 1999 is the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world.

There are an estimated 100 million Catholics in Mexico, comprising more than 80 percent of the population. (In the U.S. those numbers are 70 million and 22 percent.)

The pope spoke before his U.S. trip about the possibility of walking into the country from Mexico as a gesture of support for immigrants. (He ended up flying from Cuba.) He has also already scheduled a trip to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay for July next year.

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Related: Pope Francis on Climate Change: A Conversation … or a Lecture? (Western Journalism)

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