Church officials recently announced Pope Francis will make several stops in Mexico in February; Ciudad Juarez is on the schedule. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Juarez on February 17. His visit to Mexico starts on Feb. 12. While in Juarez, he will visit Cereso Prison and Colegio Bachilleres. He will celebrate mass at 4 p.m. at El Punto, a large field near the Benito Juarez Stadium. El Punto holds close to 220,000. Tickets will be available to parishes in El Paso and Juarez. Afterwards, Pope Francis will travel 31 miles throughout the streets of Juarez to be greeted. Another mass in Juarez may be added to his travel schedule. Pope Francis’ trip begins in Mexico City. He will also visit Chiapas and Morelia.
El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz said in a statement, “During Mass, Pope Francis will undoubtedly call attention to many realities that are lived on both sides of our U.S. – Mexico border, particularly the plight of so many migrants and refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, in search of better lives for themselves and their children.”
He added “Pope Francis is expected to approach the U.S./Mexico divide as a symbol of the same journey taken by migrants. It will also provide him an opportunity to acknowledge the faithful on the El Paso side of the border.”
A mass for El Paso civic leaders may also take place along the El Paso border fence near Loop 375/Cesar Chavez Highway.
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