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Mexicans fill St. Peter’s Square as they awaited the Pope's trip

2016-01-03

At the last general audience of the year, a large number of pilgrims from Mexico turned out, something which Pope Francis noticed and commented on...

POPE FRANCIS
"I cordially greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims. Especially, the groups from Spain and Latin America. I see that there are many Mexicans”.

Later on, a number of them in the square repeated their cheers. 

"Long live Mexico!”

For this group of Mexicans, visiting Rome and attending the audience, meant a dream come true.

ARMANDO VÁZQUEZ
"Very proud, very proud that he recognized us, he also recognized our country. He knows we are very devout Catholics and that we love him very much there in Mexico”.

ALICIA SÁNCHEZ
"I'm very excited to see the Pope. We saw him a few meters away. The truth is that it is a day of great jubilee for all Mexicans. Especially when he made a reference to our country, that made us feel very loved. And the truth is that it is a unique experience”.

Some came from Juarez City, a place the Pope is scheduled to visit on February 12th during his journey to Mexico. They say they feel honored and very happy that the Pope will visit their home city.

EZEQUIEL OLIVERA
"We all feel that emotion as Mexicans and, above all, specially after knowing that the Pope will come and visit our city, Ciudad Juarez. So it's a lot of excitement, there are many reasons to be happy.”

They saw the Pope up close and got great pictures, although they were unable to greet him personally. They hope to follow him when he arrives in Mexico, and greet him again at a close distance like they did here in Rome. 

Meanwhile, they will continue practicing their singing so they can perform one of these traditional Mexican songs for Pope Francis when he visits their homeland. 


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