Pope gets warm welcome in Mexico

Feb 12, 2016 10:14 PM by Debbie Cobb

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has been greeted at Mexico City's airport with a rock concert-like show with blue floodlights illuminating a stage and bandstands and crowds waving yellow handkerchiefs. Mariachis serenaded as his chartered plane pulled to a stop. The pope walked to a group of children, who rushed to him dressed in white, offering blessings and placing his hand on top of each head. This is the first visit to Mexico for Francis. Pope Francis will tour Mexico, the most Catholic country in the Spanish-speaking world, through Wednesday.

Earlier, the Pope stopped briefly in Havana, Cuba, for a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The church leaders signed a joint declaration on religious unity after the meeting. The declaration calls for peace in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine and urges Europe to "maintain its faithfulness to its Christian roots."


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