Mexico

Emilio Treviso SJ
Emilio Travieso SJ from Florida is studying for a PhD in International Development at Campion Hall Oxford. He recently completed a period of fieldwork in Mexico studying how food systems can be improved. He reports as follows.Despite producing more than enough food, the currently dominant food system, based on an industrial model of production and a market model of distribution, has failed to feed the world’s growing populations. At the same time, it has created new social,...
30,000 celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, across the border with Mexico
Pope Francis has celebrated his final Mass in Mexico and has highlighted the plight of thousands of migrants – many of whom face enormous difficulties in their quest for better lives and others who have died in the process of trying. He preached at Mexico's northern border with the United States, and appealed for governments to open their hearts, if not their borders, to the “human tragedy that is forced migration”. On his arrival at Ciudad Juarez to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis knelt...
Pope Francis at the Federico Gomez Pediatric Hospital in Mexico City, Vatican TV Center
After the relative pomp of Mexico City and the splendour of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis headed into the suburbs yesterday to celebrate Mass in the open air with more than 400,000 people in the rough, crime-ridden neighbourhood of Ecatepec.Ecatepec is notorious for organised crime, pollution and poverty – a dangerous area especially for women who are frequently victims of rape, are forced into prostitution or are murdered. According to Veronica Scarisbrick of Vatican...
Pope Francis is currently in Mexico, photo: Vatican News Agency
Pope Francis is currently on an apostolic visit to Mexico and has chosen to visit regions that have been affected by many social problems. On his arrival in the country on Saturday, he was greeted at the National Palace by President Enrique Peña Nieto before meeting with civic dignitaries and the bishops of Mexico in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. He told the bishops to tackle Mexico's drug problem with "prophetic courage", warning that a society driven by...
Pope Francis & Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embrace in Havana, Reuters/Alejandro Ernesto/Pool
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia embraced each other in Cuba yesterday, describing each other as ‘brothers’ and vowing to work together towards reconciliation, while recognising their differences. The statement signed by the Pope and the Patriarch acknowledged that obstacles and difficulties still remain between the Eastern and Western branches of the Catholic Church, but said their hope was that the meeting “may contribute to the re–establishment of...
Site of pilgrimage: The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wikipedia Commons
Pope Francis will begin a visit to Mexico at the end of this week, a country which has the second largest Catholic population in the world. The six-day visit will include areas know for migration, poverty, violence, corruption and crime. One of the most symbolic and emotionally-charged points of his pilgrimage will be the celebration of Mass on the Mexico-US border.En route to Mexico, in Cuba on Friday, the Pope will be meeting the Russian Orthodox leader of Moscow and All Russia, Patriarch...
Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, Wikipedia Commons
Next Friday, an historic meeting will take place between Pope Francis - head of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics across the world - and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose flocks numbers 170 million. This will be the first encounter between the two leaders in almost 1,000 years and will take place in Cuba, regarded as neutral territory.Father Federico Lombardi SJ, director of the Holy See's press office, described the meeting as “an event of extraordinary importance”, since it will be...