.- The mayor of Guanajauto, Mexico says locals are are excited to host Pope Benedict XVI on his “historic visit” to the country where he will be presented with symbolic keys to city.
In comments to CNA March 14, Mayor Edgar Castro Cerrillo said the people are hopeful that the Pope's message will be one of peace and encouragement “in the face of the violence that has become widespread.”
He added that he believes the pontiff's presence and words during his March 23-25 visit “will fill us with solidarity, so that those of us leading the government will make the best decisions for our citizens.”
Castro Cerrillo said the state of Guanajuato is a destination for the Pope's trip because “it has experienced calm and is eminently Catholic, full of tradition and customs.”
“We are very proud that the Vatican has chosen us,” he emphasized.