President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis at the
National Palace, where he welcomed him to Mexico on behalf of Mexicans.
“We hail the reforming Pope who is leading the Catholic Church to a
meeting with the people. As Head of State, today at the National Palace, the government
of Mexico honors your investiture.”
He declared that this is the first time the Pope has been received at the National
Palace. He added that Pope Francis’ visit transcends an encounter between
two states; It is an encounter between a people and their faith.
From dawn, in Constitution Square, thousands of
people, whole families, came to express their love and affection for the Pope.
The president declared that Pope Francis’ papacy has arrived at an important, complex
time for the world.
“It is a time of great challenges. Humanity is experiencing
several rapid changes: changes that create opportunities, but also ones
that cause doubt and uncertainty.
We are in an era where it would be possible feed the entire world
population and yet millions of people still suffer and starve.
Advances in science and medicine now allow us to cure more diseases and
live longer; but scientific progress has also been used to wage war and cause damage.”
Therefore, the Mexican president said: ”We must renew hope in the future. Hope is the
way and is light. We are all called to build a better world, by working
together and in harmony, because solidarity is a way of making history.
He added that it is up to governments to create the
conditions to ensure a basic floor of well-being for our societies, by ensuring
development opportunities for everyone.
For their part, it is up to citizens to practice and transmit the values
that allow us to coexist and advance as a society. Respect, tolerance and understanding
are qualities which, regardless of everyone’s beliefs, make us better people.
As His Holiness has said, “The key word is dialogue: dialogue between leaders, dialogue with the people and dialogue among the
In his address, President Peña Nieto told His
Holiness that millions of Mexicans are ready to receive his words of peace,
love and hope, especially this year when the
Catholic Church celebrates the Jubilee of Mercy.
"In the streets, stadiums and squares you visit, you will meet up
with a generous, hospitable people, a proudly Guadalupan people. This is the
Mexico that receives you with an open heart and arms. We are a community
that values family; a caring society; and a nation forged in the culture of
effort. Your Holiness: welcome to this land. Mexico fondly