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More than 200 thousand people come to greet Francis in Mexico
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ECATEPEC, MEXICO: Images before the Mass in the area of the “study center” of Ecatepec. Pope Francis is expected to give the Homily as well as recite the Angelus. Photo by: Marko Vombergar/ALETEIA

The Pope has started his visit to Mexico. Over 230 thousand people went into the streets and squares of the capital of Mexico to greet Pope Francis

The first apostolic visit of the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church began with a ceremony in the National Palace in the Zocalo square, located in the historic center of the city. Later, the head of the Holy See appealed to the Mexican bishops in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As reported by the Mexico City government, over 50 thousand people gathered at the Zocalo. A lot of them had spent the night under the open sky to see the pontiff. Another 180,000 people stayed along the route of his way from the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican diplomatic mission).

Thousands of police officers were involved to ensure the safety of the Pope. About a thousand employees of the Ministry of Social Development were engaged in solving organizational issues.
On Sunday, Pope Francis will make service in Ecatepec, disadvantaged suburb of Mexico City, which is expected to be attended by some 2 million people.

Next day he will go to the southern state of Chiapas, where he is to meet representatives of the Indian population.

On February, 16, the pontiff will visit the state of Michoacan. On February, 17, he will make a service in the border town of Ciudad Juarez and leave for Rome on the same day.
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