Pope's Mexico Visit Meaningful for All Latin America, Diplomat Says
Marta Jimenez - CNA
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June 19, 2014
Mariano Palacios Alcocer, Mexico's ambassador to the Holy See, in his office in Rome, June 12, 2014. (Marta Jimenez/CNA)
Mexico's ambassador to the Holy See says he is awaiting the announcement of the dates of a visit to the country by Pope Francis, after the Holy Father accepted an invitation from Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.
"For us, the Pope's visit would be a visit to Latin America,” Mariano Palacios Alcocer told CNA June 12 in an interview at Mexico's embassy to the Holy See.
“At the same time, it would be an opportunity to address continental issues related to the flow, transit, and migration of persons."
The veneration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which emerged in Mexico and has spread to all of America, Palacios said, has united all the inhabitants of Latin America.
"She is Empress of the American continent. His Holiness John Paul II declared it so during one of his visits. For us, then, the Pope's visit would be a visit to Latin America, and to the continent as well."
Pena met Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican June 7, and at that time invited him to Mexico.
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