Pope confirms plans to visit Mexico, Cuba
Pope Benedict announces at a Mass for Latin America he will travel to Cuba and Mexico before Holy Week.
December 12th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Pope confirms plans to visit Mexico, Cuba

By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

(CNN)- Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans Monday to visit Mexico and Cuba before Easter.

"I have the intention to undertake an apostolic voyage to Mexico and Cuba before Easter, to proclaim there the word of Christ and affirm the conviction that this is a precious time to evangelize with a steady faith, a living hope and an ardent charity," the pontiff said, speaking Spanish in a Vatican homily honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The announcement drew applause from throngs of worshipers at St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Benedict celebrates Mass at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican in Rome on Monday.

Roman Catholic Church officials in Cuba and Mexico have spoken since November about a possible papal visit, but Monday's remarks were the first public comments the pope has made about his plans.

Monday's Vatican Mass honored the virgin of Guadalupe, one of the most revered figures of Roman Catholicism in Mexico.

According to the Catholic faith, this year marks the 480th anniversary of the virgin's appearance on Tepeyac Hill, on the outskirts of what is now Mexico City.

Millions of pilgrims flock to the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Mexico City every year for the celebration honoring her, which culminates December 12.

In his homily Monday, the pope said that many Latin American countries were celebrating the bicentennials of their independence and noted that they were playing an increasingly important role on the world stage.

He referred to Latin American and Caribbean bishops' 2007 announcement of a "continental mission" to spread the Gospel in the region.

"From my responsibility to confirm the faith, I also want to encourage apostolic zeal," he said.

CNN's Hada Messia, Krupskaia Alis, and Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. tuvia





    September 7, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  2. HotAirAce

    Anyone want to estimate the monetary costs to Cuba and Mexico for the privilege of hosting the world's greatest snake oil salesmen and protector of priestly pedophiles?

    December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • novoodoo

      Hey, the vatican is all about pure wealth.. Ends there.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • geraldh

      1) The vatican is not making money off of this trip. The governments do not pay them.
      2) Most of the people in these countries are Catholic. They certainly have a right to decide how their taxes are spent.
      3) The trip will bring in far more money than it will cost the locals.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I suggest that there will be an enormous debt left for the locals to look after after Pope-A-Dope dissappears.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Jsut one example:


      December 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • gerald

      World Youth Day boosted Spanish economy by €354m, study shows


      December 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • gerald

      Hmmmmm – a 60M investment and a nearly 600% return. Most companies would take that any day of the week. I imagine that taxes on 350 million covered the 60m.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  3. ....

    Ed's wife is a fat black kettle too.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  4. .........

    recognize the flaws in reality bull sh it hit report abuse on it

    December 13, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  5. AvdBerg

    The Pope does not proclaim the message of Christ but rather a false Christ as he has transformed himself into an apostle of Christ (2 Cor. 11:13-15) and as the head of his church deceives all the followers, insomuch that, if it were possible, he shall deceive even the very elect (Matthew 24;24).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Catholic Church and the spirit of antichrist it serves, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’ and ‘Popes and the Princes of This World’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12). The truth is that the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). This is why we call all of mankind to repentance.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    December 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • geraldh

      Historic revisionism is easy and there are many who engage in such distortions to prop up their little johnny come lately churches. The CC has a long colorful history. Some of it arguably not so pretty. Some of it misunderstood outside of the context it happened and some of it outright distorted. I have previously refuted some of Mr. Berg's website. Easily done. If he would like I will do more. The fact is that the CC is the ONLY church that can trace itself all the way back to Christ and the apostles. To be deep in history is to be Catholic.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  6. Reality

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, pope, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • geraldh

      Unreality – What are you trying to convince people of. At best an eternity of non-existence. At worst and eternity in hell. I would not want to have the at worst on me if I were to have convinced people not to follow a God that I really didn't know whether he existed or not. Atheisism is unrelalistic. Anyone with any intellect at all can at best say he is agnostic.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011 aka The Creed of the Agnostic: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


      December 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Hamster12

      wow, do you only have one thing you can copy and paste and then use it for anything that has the word "Catholic" in it?

      December 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
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