Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good Ash Wednesday a.k.a. the first day of Lent. Did you celebrate Fat Tuesday yesterday? It’s been years since I’ve gone out for Mardi Gras. El Paso usually hosts a Mardi Gras street festival every year. Do you plan on giving something up for Lent?
The countdown begins for the Pope’s arrival in Ciudad, Juarez. There isn’t a day that goes by where you don’t hear about his arrival on the radio, television or online. A couple of my co-workers are traveling to Juarez to see him. By this time next week, Pope Francis will visit Juarez for a few hours. His tour in Mexico starts Friday in Mexico City. It will conclude in Juarez. According to the El Paso Times, at least 450,000 people are expected to welcome him. Several from all over the country are expected to travel to El Paso or Juarez. The mass will be televised locally, as well as at the Sun Bowl. Various parks throughout El Paso will be used for media coverage.
Before mass, Pope Francis will visit Cereso Prison and Colegio Bachilleres. He will hold mass at El Punto, a large field near the Benito Juarez Stadium. El Punto holds about 220,000 people. In order to accommodate the Pontiff, a lot of construction and renovations took place in Juarez.
I asked for press credentials to cover his arrival at UTEP (The University of Texas-El Paso) or a nearby park. I’m still not sure if I’m going to receive them. I won’t be traveling to Juarez. It would be great if I get the opportunity to cover the event with various media outlets! If I receive the credentials, I’ll include lots of photos and a post next Wednesday. If I don’t, I’ll still have a post for you. Luckily, I’ll be off from my day job. My son will also be out of school. I work in downtown El Paso so it will be very hard to commute from the other side of town. I was recently told it would even be hard to find parking. Several of El Paso’s highways and streets will shut down for 24 hours. The El Paso County Courthouse, City Hall and most schools will be closed.
Photo from Wikipedia