In addition to the bonds they have forged over time because
of the country’s huge Catholic population, Mexico
and the Holy See have developed a respectful and constructive relationship
since the restoration of diplomatic ties in 1992. Pope Francis’ visit to the National Palace reaffirms the interest of
the Mexican government in strengthening the ties of cooperation and engaging in
joint actions that promote the best causes of humanity.
Mexico has a direct and close relationship with the pope, as
evidenced by the six visits the Head of
State of Vatican City has made to Mexico. During his meeting with Pope
Francis, President Peña Nieto stressed
the areas of agreement between Mexico and the Holy See at the bilateral and
especially multilateral level, on global issues such as climate change,
nuclear disarmament, migration and sustainable development.
Bergoglio, or Pope Francis, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 17,
1936. He was elected pope during the Papal conclave on March 13, 2013. He
is the first Pope from the Americas and the first non-European pontiff since
the year 714.
During the official
welcome ceremony for Pope Francis at the National Palace, President Enrique
Peña Nieto said:
up to governments to create the conditions that ensure the basic wellbeing of our societies, by ensuring
opportunities for the development of
Pope Francisco remarked that:
is a great country blessed with abundant natural resources and an enormous biodiversity that extends
throughout its vast territory. Its privileged
geographical location gives it prominence in America, and its indigenous, mestizo and criollo cultures give it an identity that provides it with a rich culture that is not
always easy to find and especially to appreciate."
Foreign Secretary Claudia
Ruiz Massieu accompanied President Peña Nieto during the official welcome
ceremony as part of the official delegation.