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Pope Francis celebrated Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica.

On the day of the patroness of the Americas, the pope criticized that the world, and especially the American continent, has become "used to living in a society of distrust.” He said that we are building a society that "leaves people behind.”

"A society that likes to vaunt its scientific and technological advancements, but that has become blind and insensitive to the thousands of faces that it leaves behind.
"A society that ends up establishing a culture of disillusionment, disenchantment, and frustration.

Celebrating in Spanish, the pope said that some of the problems that society faces today, especially society in Latin America, seem overwhelming.

"How difficult it is to boast of our society of wellbeing when we see that our dear American continent has become used to seeing thousands and thousands of children and young people on the streets, begging and sleeping in railway stations, in the subway or wherever they find space.

He said, however, that despite these problems, Christians should follow the example of the Virgin Mary in her undying faith.

"Faced with all these situations, we must say with Elizabeth, "Blessed is she who has believed”, and to learn from this strong and helpful faith that characterised and characterises our Mother." 

It was a Mass with a distinct Latin American flavor. Songs in native American languages, like Quechua and Nahuatl, were heard. 

The Mass ended with the song "La Guadalupana.” This is the third year that Pope Francis celebrates Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It's a tradition that began with Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.