Mexico gets a visit from a pope for 1st time in a decade

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A picture of Pope Benedict hangs in a window on March 22, 2012 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. The Pope will be moving onto Cuba after his Mexico visit.

Pope Benedict arrives in Mexico on Friday. It’s been a decade since a pope has visited the Catholic-dominated country.

Pope Benedict XVI visits the western state of Guanajuato, one of Mexico’s most conservative states.

More than 300,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s mass at a park in León, which will air on various Spanish-language TV stations in L.A.

The celebration site holds historical significance. A statue at the park pays tribute to an uprising almost a century ago that was fought against anti-Catholic Mexican laws.

A different kind of violence now plagues the country, but there are reports that some drug gangs have a called a temporary truce while the Pope is in Mexico.

On Monday, the Holy Father leaves for Cuba.

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