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
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.
-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
-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
-It has 99 apostolic nuncios deployed throughout the
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.