Pope’s visit in Mexico supposes a truce between the drug cartels.

By Alejandro Gonzalez, Deborah Jeggli, Jaime Carro and Susana Andres

This month of March a very relevant event will take place in Mexico. The Pope, Benedict XVI will be there from the 23rd until the 26th before making his way to Cuba. The Papal plane will land in the city of León, in the central state of Guanajuato, on Friday March 23 during the evening. Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, will greet the Pope.

The rest of the day and part of the next the Pope will rest in the residence of Las Religiosas del Colegio Miraflores in the city of León. These hours will be crucial for the Pope to adapt to the altitude of 1,804 meter above sea level that characterizes the region.

The Pope’s rest will be momentarily interrupted so that he can visit Casa del Conde Rul, seat of the Guanajuato’s government, along with President Calderon. After this visit, he will meet and bless all the people gathered in the Plaza de la Paz in Guanajuato.

The main event, though, will take place on Sunday, the 25th, morning at Parque Bicentenario (Bicentennial Park) in the town of Silao. There, the Pope will give a multitudinous mass service were more than 500 thousand people will attend and participate. The site is located at the foot of Mount Cubilete, which is considered the geographic center of the country, and has, on its top, a statue of Christ the King with his arms extended very similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro. In the afternoon the Pope will pray with all the bishops of Mexico and also the archbishops of other Latin-American countries. He will address them a very important message that has great value for this region, which contains about 40% of all the Catholics in the world.

The Pope’s visit to Mexico will end on Monday morning, March 26th, where he will board his plane in León and make his way to Santiago de Cuba.

During the Pope’s stay in Mexico, the drug cartels have called a truce. This truce is being mostly enforced by the cartel “Caballeros Templarios”, of the municipality of Guanajuato, additionally they have posted signs and banners around the city calling other cartels to join the peace and stay away from each other while the Pope is there.
The “Caballeros Templarios” started organizing the peace after the archbishop of Leon, city in Guanajuato, José Guadalupe Martín Rábago, called on the organized crime to maintain peace during the Pope’s visit. “To those who do evil, if somehow my words reach them, I tell them to take into account the time we are about to live, it’s time for peace and grace,” the Pope stated.
Guanajuato is and agro industrial state, with Christian conservative tradition, which has not been particularly affected by the violence that plagues other parts of the country. The “Caballeros Templarios”, heirs of “La Familia Michoacana”, are lead by and ex-schoolteacher, Servando Gómez Martínez, alias “La Tuta”, they use medieval symbols and they pretend to be a political-religious movement.

This is of course the most impressive issue about the Pope’s visit in Mexico and the topic with most relevance. This truce means so much for the population in Mexico that admire this idea.


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