Benedict XVI: the Pope in Mexico makes Catholic news
Pope Benedict XVI in Mexico
|Friday, March 23
9:30 a.m. The Pope's plane departs from the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome to the city of Leon Guanajuato
4:30 p.m. Welcome ceremony in the International Airport of Guanajuato near Silao. Speech by Benedict XVI. He will then leave the airport and make his way in the Pope mobile to his residence in the Miraflores School.
|Saturday, March 24
8 a.m. Private mass in the chapel of the Miraflores School
6 p.m. Meeting with President Felipe Calderon
6:45 p.m. Greeting children in the Plaza de la Paz
|Sunday, March 25
10 a.m. Holy mass in the Bicentenary Park
Prayers of Angelus Domini. Words by the Holy Fother
6 p.m. Celebration with the bishops of Mexico and Latin America in the Cathedral of la Madre Santisima de la Luz in Leon.
|Monday, March 26 9 a.m. Farewell ceremony in the International Airport of Guanajuato
9:30 a.m. Departure for Santiago de Cuba.
Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to Mexico this month, which is important news in this predominantly Catholic nation.
Appropriately, his visit — from March 23 to the 26th — coincides with Lent, the 40 days before Easter dedicated to reflection and repentance.
His predecessor Pope John Paul II visited Mexico on five occasions and was much beloved here.
I was just a child during the last papal visit in 2002, a rowdy little Catholic boy who wanted to be a rock star when I grew up.
However, after the fervor and the pageantry of John Paul II's visit to Guadalajara, I began telling my parents that I wanted to be either a rock star or the Pope. It was such an impressive occasion!
Born in Germany as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Benedict XVI was selected for this office on April 24.
He will arrive from Rome directly to the airport in Leon, Guanajuato and will officiate only one public mass in Guanajuato, which will be televised throughout the country. However, his presence will fill the streets with the faithful, straining for a glimpse of the Pope.
During his visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI will meet with bishops from all over the country, as well as with President Felipe Calderon.
On March 25, he leaves for a historical visit to the island of Cuba.