Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pope Francis in Mexico

Ciudad Juarez is the last place he visits today before heading back to the Vatican.

There have been many highlights in the Papal visit to this country that is 83% Catholic and wonderful messages about injustices and the poor, but my favorite is about to happen in the Ciudad Juarez, a frontier town across from El Paso, Texas.

Ciudad Juarez, was one of my first considerations upon coming to Mexico but was soon forgotten when I learned that they are most known for "female homicides" (countless)! 
"In 2010, Ciudad Juarez was considered to be the murder capital of the world, causing tourism to plummet. 
Back then, the murder tally was recorded at 3,000, but last year 538 were killed. Per capita, that number is similar to the murder rates of cities like Detroit or New Orleans. ...

Today, however, the forty mile stretch known as the Juarez Valley has a reputation of being so dangerous that even police don't dare to enter."~Daily Mail

Pope Francis has declared 2016 as the Year of Mercy.


Cd. Juarez is a unique city, full of great gifts, however throughout history has been the scene of conflicts that have left visible wounds. Since the problems were raised in 2008, bishop Don Renato Asencio Leon, let know Pope Benedict XVI the situation that was taking place at this borderland.

All the world, including Rome, had put their eyes on this borderland, the need for reconciliation and the sincere search for peace was remarkable.

At the beginning of the papacy of Francisco, his eyes were always in the ‘’peripheries’’, in those far places were no one else gives the importance to announce the gospel.

Cd. Juarez, as we know is a city that constantly receives thousands of migrants of all Latin America as well as persons that have been deported from U.S.A., and therefore is seen in the streets the need to welcome this people, that dream of a better life searching for this the majority of time in this borderland or well trying to obtain an opportunity to work in the U.S.A. this is one of the main reasons why the Pope comes to visit this borderland, its migrants, as well as did in Turin, Italy, talking about the need to welcome the people. The Dioceses responding to this need, has available ‘’La casa del migrante’’, which has the resources to attend the migrants and their families that pass through this border.

Pope Francis has expressed on several occasions his desire to visit Mexico.

Our municipal government and our Emeritus Bishop Renato Asencio Leon as well as our Bishop Jose Guadalupe Torres Campos, in his apostolic visit last spring, sent him several invitations to visit Cd. Juarez."
Diocese of CD. Juarez


I hope to add more points here later.

Times article
"Why Pope Francis Is on the Mexican Side of the Border"

The Spanish coverage is much better for those who understand Spanish!

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