The Pope’s visit to Mexico seeks to strengthen a respectful, constructive relationship that will translate into joint action for the finest causes of humanity.

The Holy See is undoubtedly a strategic actor in the international community, whose influence at the multilateral level, particularly in areas of interest to Mexico, has been clearly expressed during the pontificate of Pope Francis. 

Because of his religious investiture as pope, Pope Francis’ visit is apostolic.

However, since Mexico recognizes him as a head of state, there will be an official component that will permit an open dialogue between the Pope and the president, and between the Mexican authorities and the Holy See to explore the mechanisms that will enable bilateral relations to continue to bear fruit in areas of shared interest. 

Statistics

-Mexico is the second largest Catholic country in the world, after Brazil and the largest Spanish-speaking country  (82.7% of its population, according to the INEGI).

-Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico will be the seventh visit by a pope to the country. John Paul II paid five visits to Mexico and Benedict XVI one.

-Francis is the 266th pope in the Catholic Church, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, the first Latin American and the first Jesuit.

-Pope Francis has visited 19 countries, including Mexico. His next visits will be Poland (World Youth Day), Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. He visited Mexico on two occasions: in 1970 and 1999.

-The Holy See maintains diplomatic relations with 180 countries.

-It has 99 apostolic nuncios deployed throughout the world.

Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico will be a propitious occasion to renew the will to build a more human, fraternal and just world based on shared prosperity, with human dignity and respect for human rights as fundamental premises.