.- Catholics at Guanajuato Airport were joyful, proud, and thankful for the chance to welcome Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to a Spanish-speaking Latin American country on March 23.
Many of them told CNA that it was âa marvelous experience.â
Benita Espinoza, who arrived from MazatlÃ¡n in the state of Sinaloa, didn't expect to feel the way she did when Pope John Paul II visited to the country. But when she saw Pope Benedict XVI, she said, âI felt something incomparable. Thatâs why I give thanks to God for allowing me to be here.â
Father Julio Salcedo, of the Missionaries of St. Joseph, noted that the Pope arrived âwith great joy.â
âHis happiness is immediately apparent,â the priest said. âHeâs wanted to come to Mexico for some time. I do think he will offer us a message of peace.â
The experience of welcoming the Pope was âunforgettableâ and is âsomething we will always have in our memories,â according to 21-year-old Victor Martin.
âThe words and the speech he gave to the Mexican people were very beautiful â that we may work for our society, the youth and our people,â Martin said.
Celia ElÃas later said that she felt âgreat satisfaction to have seen the Pope, who will give us hope for the country. Having seen him is without a doubt something divine.â
Roberto Antonio VelÃ¡squez Nieto, a Mexican expert on the Vatican archives, is grateful for the Pope's âmessage of faith, hope, love, and reconciliation for all Mexican people,â amid the âravaging effects of the organized crime and violence that plague Mexico.â
âI think this is the most transcendent visit of his entire pontificate,â said Nieto, who also observed that Pope Benedict âcomes to put an end to the dictatorship of relativism that currently reigns.â