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.