Pope's Mexico trip will strengthen country's values, cardinal says
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City said that Pope Benedict’s slated visit to Mexico will encourage values such as respect for life to help quell the violence that has swept across the nation.

“To strengthen us in the fundamental values, that is the Pope’s task, and I think he is coming to Mexico expressly to do this at a time when we really need it,” the cardinal said in a Nov. 28 interview with Impacto TV.

Cardinal Rivera noted that these values are not confined to one religion or another and stressed the need “for each and every one of us to do our part so that Mexico will change.”

Otherwise “Mexico will become a very difficult place to live in and people will continue running away to other countries, despite this beautiful country of ours.”

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to visit both Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 2012 in his first papal visit to the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

Cardinal Rivera noted during his interview that violence in Mexico did not crop up overnight but has slowly spread due to the breakdown of values at home.

He called on families and people of all faiths to devote themselves to “spreading these values: the social fabric is coming undone and we need to strengthen it with truly authentic values that make human coexistence possible.”

The cardinal also said that religious education has an important role to play in this area and should be available in both private and public schools. People who lack financial resources should not be deprived of this kind of formation, he said.

Cardinal Rivera also called on Mexican leaders to work to bring about peace in the country by carrying out the duties for which they were elected.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 25, 2015

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 1:14-20


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 1:14-20