Pope Francisco to visit Chiapas
Pope Francisco’s Visit to Chiapas is Formally Announced
Pope Francis gives his thumb up as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
By: Isaín Mandujano
This afternoon, the Archdiocese of Tuxtla Gutiérrez confirmed the visit of Pope Francisco to Chiapas, where he will live and will send a message to indigenous peoples and migrants from this southern border of the country.
Father Edilberto Pérez Vicente, coordinator of the Pope’s visit to Tuxtla announced in a press conference the official communication of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM, its initials in Spanish) and confirmed that the Supreme Pontiff will be in Tuxtla Monday, February 15, 2016.
The “Missionary of Mercy and Peace,” as they call Pope Francisco, will arrive on a flight coming from Mexico City at the Angel Albino Corzo International Airport; from there he will fly in a helicopter to San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
At 10:15 in the morning he will officiate a mass with indigenous communities who will come from the different regions of the state, and it is hoped also from other corners of the country and from Central America.
It will be here where he is expected to make a pronouncement directed to the indigenous peoples and the migrants that cross this border on their route towards the country’s north.
After the mass he will eat with representatives of the indigenous peoples.
At 3 PM he will visit the San Cristóbal de Las Casas Cathedral, where the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz García is located.
Pope Francisco will fly in a helicopter to Tuxtla where he will head the “Meeting with Families” in the Víctor Manuel Reyna Stadium at 4:15 PM.
This would be the second visit of a Supreme Pontiff of the Vatican to Chiapas; the first was Juan Pablo II on May 11, 1990.
Pérez Vicente said that the Apostolic Journey to our country from February 12 to 17 next year will be in the framework of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
He added that the sites in which it would be carried out –the Primatial Archdiocese of Mexico, the Diocese of Ecatepec, the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Archdiocese of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the Archdiocese of Morelia and the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez– “would have the pleasure of being the Pope’s hosts, as well as of the laity, the devoted, clerics and all people of good will that will come to represent the different dioceses and regions of the country.”
He said that the Pope’s presence would be to make a call to dignify life, as has always been his work. He added that they are prepared to receive some 100,000 in the San Cristóbal de Las Casas Municipal Sports Centre and some 80,000 in Tuxtla.
Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas PARALELO
Saturday, December12, 2015
Re-published with English interpretation by Compamanuel.com