The pope asked day laborers and employers in Juárez to collaborate and determine the legacy they would leave for future generations; he also defended Catholic social teaching.
The pope met Feb. 16 with youth in Morelia, Mexico, and implored them reject potential recruitment as hired killers for the drug cartels that plague the city.
Pope Francis told Catholic priests and religious to resist the temptation of resignation, during a public Mass Feb. 16 in Morelia, a central Mexican city notorious for drug-related violence.
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Pope Francis warned against moves to diminish the importance of the family, peppering his talk with anecdotes and off-the-cuff remarks that kept a packed soccer stadium cheering and applauding.
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The pope continued his series of strong statements during his Mexico trip, saying the country's native peoples had been "misunderstood and excluded" from society.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass Feb. 13 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which houses the cloak displaying the famous Guadalupe image of Mary.
Pope Francis gave Mexico's prelates a blunt outline of their roles and obligations as bishops,
At the request of Pope Francis, the Vatican has decreed that the Holy Thursday foot-washing will be open to women and girls.