March 26, 2012. Catholic.net
The past weekend, the people of Mexico received with great enthusiasm the visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI.
Before the expectant gaze of believers and the critical but always curious eye of those outside the Catholic Church, His Holiness descended the Alitalia plane to be received by the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa with his wife Margarita Zavala and cabinet members.
Among the attending Bishops stood the Most Reverend José Guadalupe Martín Rábago, Archbishop of León, and to the Most Reverend Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop of Tlalnepantla and President of the Mexican Episcopal Conference and the Latin America Episcopal Council.
From that moment he impressed more than one because of the vigor with which His Holiness descended the stairs of the plane. Many wondered if this pope would achieve captivate the heart of the Mexican people that even now still keeps alive the memory and deep affection to his predecessor, Blessed John Paul II. The answer was not far away. From his first words reminded the people of Mexico the certainty of being accompanied by Christ the King ensuring that they receive from him “constant blessings in all their vicissitudes” and explained he came to Mexico “as pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love”, wishing “to confirm those who believe in Christ in their faith, by strengthening and encouraging them to revitalize their faith by listening to the Word of God, celebrating the sacraments and living coherently.” (Cf. Welcoming Ceremony, Address of HisHoliness Benedict XVI)
Since that moment, the people present at the ceremony started the ovations and cheers to His Holiness, that with the passing of the days increased in number, strength and love for Pope Benedict XVI from the mexican people who filled with their presence the streets and squares of Leon, Silao and Guanajuato with the only hope to see him at least for a couple of seconds while he journeyed from one place to another.
His loving company to Mexico’s people was present in all his messages, constant smiling, blessings and willingness to reach out to greet his flock, reminding Jesus and Mary’s love and protection to the country.
Yesterday's night, after a long day for His Holiness and completely out of the program, Benedict XVI went out of the house where he stayed to address a message to the people that —even it was late— still there waiting for his blessing. “Now I understand why John Paul II said he felt a Mexican Pope, now I am also a Mexican Pope” and with those words he will remain in our hearts that miss him already.
Read Messages from the Apostolic Visit:
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