(Mexico City) After a moving encounter with children on Saturday evening on the Plaza de la Paz, Pope Benedict XVI's Sunday was dominated in Mexican Leon by something uncustomary for European ears, and a courageous commemoration of the anti-Catholic persecution and resistance of the Cristeros. The Pope recalled and reawakened the threatened spiritual and clerical roots of Mexico, which he stressed at his Angelus. The threat also comes today "from the drug bosses, the crisis of values and criminality."
In a spontaneous action, the Pope received eight families outside of the official program, who had been victims of the drug bosses. Despite the threats of some political parties, Pope Benedict XVI did not shrink back in fear from demanding religious freedom as a fundamental right. Mexico is readying itself for its next election and the appearance of the Catholic Church's Leaders causes increasing nervousness for some parties and have brought blatant anti-religious emotions to the surface.
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