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Francis in Mexico: A Briefing for CV Speakers and Journalists
Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to Mexico next month (12-17 February) is certain to be powerful, colourful and memorable — and possibly one of the most important trips of his pontificate. The world’s second largest country, home to the great Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe — patron of the Americas — is at the hinge of the New World, and Francis will be delivering powerful messages directed at the American continent as well as the rest of the world. Globalization, ecology, immigration, violence, corruption — there are few issues that won’t be tackled on this trip, which takes in the capital city as well as the far south (Chiapas, home to a large indigenous population), as well as two cities blighted by drug-related violence: Morelia and Ciudad Juárez on the US border, where he will celebrate a Mass across the frontier.
The briefing will be led by Dr Austen Ivereigh, author of the papal biography The Great Reformer, who will be covering the trip; and by Iker Llabres from Cancún, Mexico, a student of international development studying at King’s College, London.
Places are limited, and priority will be given to CV speakers and journalists.
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