.- Outside Miraflores School, where Pope Benedict XVI is staying in the Mexican city of LeÃ³n, thousands of young people have gathered to show their support and love.
âIâll be here 20, 30, or 100 hours, whatever it takes, anything to see him. The Pope is my great inspiration,â Francisco Javier Aguilar told CNA on March 24.
The 15-year-old said he is waiting for the Pope âbecause he has been a huge inspiration for me. He holds an important place in my life because he deserves it and has done so many things.â
Aguilar is one of thousands watching for Pope Benedict, who will depart from Miraflores School late in the day for a meeting with Mexican President Felipe CalderÃ³n. After the meeting, the Pope will greet children gathered in Guanajuato's Plaza de Paz
âBeing here with the Pope is hugely emotional,â said Laura Fuentes, another member of the crowd outside Miraflores School.
âThereâs no experience like it. I ask everyone to come and see him because theyâll have a great experience in their hearts.â
Abraham SÃ¡nchez Ramos agreed that it would be a âgreat experienceâ to see the Pope. âItâs a chance that may never present itself again.â
For Juan LeÃ³n, the Pope's presence âis hugely emotional and a blessing. I have the hope to see him up close. Itâs something you canât explain, but feel in your heart. I know that his coming will bring many spiritual benefits.â
ValentÃn Padilla, married and the father of three girls, is outside Miraflores School âto see if God grants me the blessing of seeing the Pope. It make me so happy that heâs visiting us.â
âSeeing him is enough for me. In fact, I left work and am not going back,â he confessed.
âLet everyone see that we are Catholic,â said Padilla, urging Mexicans âto come with us in force to see if the Pope comes out.â