Final preparations were underway at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Feb. 11 for the thousands of people expected to attend the papal Mass Feb. 13.
A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey claimed 52 lives, the day before Pope Francis was to arrive in Mexico City for a six-day trip.
The indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, hope that Pope Francis' trip will revive dreams of social justice represented to many here by the Zapatista movement of the mid-1990s.
Many in Mexico view Our Lady of Guadalupe, their national patroness, as more than a saint and often as a mother, intercessor and icon whose importance transcends religion.
Pope Francis is exploring a visit to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, where a drug cartel battle during the past decade cost over 10,000 lives in a four-year period.
Pope Francis will visit Mexico for the first time Feb. 12, 2016, said Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City during a homily Nov. 1.
Mexico is mopping up after Hurricane Patricia hit its Pacific Coast with Category 5 strength, but left surprising little damage and few deaths, given the severity of the storm.
An official with Caritas Mexico, the church's charitable arm, says the storm left a mess in parts of the dioceses serving the western states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit with flooding and property damage, but mostly impacted small settlements and rural areas -- which were being provided with assistance from parishes diocesan collections.
The Mexican bishops' conference and the Vatican have confirmed Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved issues such as violence, crime and corruption.
Parents and classmates of missing students are seeking the intervention of Pope Francis, whose Philadelphia trip coincides with the anniversary of attacks that killed six and left 43 missing.
Pope Francis is expected to arrive July 6 in Ecuador, starting a three-country tour of his home continent, The Associated Press reported from Quito.
The trip, the pope's second to South America since being elected in March 2013, also would include stops in Bolivia and Paraguay, two fast-growing countries in recent years, but still among the poorest on the continent.