March 25, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI met with local Mexican children during his visit to the city of Leon. The pope had previously denounced the violence that has spread through Mexico.
He used this meeting with the children to express his closeness to the nation's youth.
“You have a very special place in the Pope's heart. I would like all
the children of Mexico to know this, especially those who have to bear
the burden of suffering, abandonment, violence or hunger, which in
recent months, because of drought, has made itself strongly felt in some
regions. I am grateful for this encounter of faith.”
Children have been especially affected by the violence in Mexico that
has left over 50,000 people dead since 2006. Benedict XVI promised the
children that the Church would not leave them in their time of need.
“You, my dear young friends, are not alone. You can count on the help
of Christ and his Church in order to live a Christian lifestyle.”
The meeting took place in the local town square known as the Plaza of
Peace. Before leaving the pope greeted several of the children and said
he would be praying for all of them as well as their families.