Pope Francis is making his first pastoral visit to Mexico at the invitation of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The pope is making a pastoral visit with an official component, and will be received as Head of State, given that Mexico and the Holy See established diplomatic relations in 1992.

The official activities include a private meeting between His Holiness and the President in the National Palace and a parallel meeting between the Mexican delegation and the papal entourage. The pope will also greet senior officials from the various branches of government and the diplomatic corps accredited in Mexico.

The Mexican government recognizes the Holy See as an actor with great weight on the international agenda. The purpose of the visit is to give continuity to the high-level political dialogue in order to broaden the spectrum of cooperation and joint actions.  

During the official meetings, ways to reach solutions to global challenges such as environmental protection, peace and security, the protection of migrants, inclusive development, the fight against poverty, nuclear disarmament and human rights, will be discussed.

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