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PAPAL VISIT Pope Speaks Against Mexican Violence Dario Lopez-Mills / AP Photo

Pope Speaks Against Mexican Violence

Pope Benedict XVI touched down in Mexico Friday for his first papal visit to Latin America. The pontiff spoke out against the violence that is taking place in Mexico, saying the Catholic Church has an obligation to try to lead young people from a life of drugs. The pope also criticized the communist regime in Cuba, saying it was time for the people to rise up and find a new model. He received a warm welcome from Mexican President Felipe Calderón and thousands of faithful Catholics who were there for his arrival. He is expected to give an outdoor mass on Sunday in Guanajuato.

March 23, 2012 10:39 PM