Pope Benedict XVI visits Mexico, denounces drug-related violence

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Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against drug violence during his visit to Mexico. Here, an actor is shown in front of a poster announcing the pope's visit Wednesday in the Mexican city of Leon, Guanajuato state.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Mexico Friday for a weekend visit to the historically Catholic country. The Pope denounced the drug-related violence many Mexicans deal with every day.

Benedict spoke on an airport tarmac after his plane touched down in the western state of Guanajuato. He told the crowd there that he’d pray for people suffering from the violence, and that his message reached Mexicans outside of the country.

Salvador Vargas of East L.A. heard him loud and clear. The restaurant owner is from Guanajuato and still has family there.

Vargas says he hopes the Pope’s visit calms the violence in Mexico and that the cartel fights subside a little. He says he hopes the leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church will help deliver peace.

The Pope’s visiting Mexico during the Christian devotional period of Lent. He’ll celebrate mass on Sunday before he leaves for Cuba.

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