.- Monsignor Fidel Hernandez Lara, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Leon, Mexico, expressed his hope that the Popeâs upcoming visit will reawaken the countryâs faith.
Pope Benedictâs visit will be an encouragement to all Mexicans, Msgr. Hernandez told CNA. It âwill help to confirm us in the faith and to awaken in us greater fidelity and surrender to Jesus Christ.â
He called on Catholics to prepare themselves for the visit and to be open to listening to the Pope âspeak to us of Jesus Christ and bring us a message. We need to be ready to hear it.â
Msgr. Hernandez recalled that the history of Mexico bears witness to the principles, values and faith of the people âwho were willing to shed their blood for their faith which was being trampled upon.â
He noted that many of the martyrs of the 1920s cried, âLong live Christ the King,â as they were killed.
âThe fact that the main celebration (the Mass at Bicentennial Park) will take place close to the monument of Christ the King is as if Christ the King was telling us today, âhere is my vicar, standing on the land watered by the blood of the martyrs.ââ
Pope Benedict XVI âis a great blessing for the Church in our times, with all of his pastoral and doctrinal teaching â¦ and above all because of his fidelity to the Church and to Jesus Christ,â Msgr. Hernandez concluded.