Wednesday, Feb. 17 (Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez)
— 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m.) Departure by plane for Ciudad Juarez.
— 10 a.m. (12 p.m.) Arrival at Abraham Gonzalez International Airport in Ciudad Juarez.
— 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m.) Visit to Cereso prison. Speech by pope.
— 12 p.m. (2 p.m.) Meeting with workers and employers at the Colegio de Bachilleres of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Speech by pope.
— 4 p.m. (6 p.m.) Mass at the fairgrounds of Ciudad Juarez. Homily and greeting by pope.
— 7 p.m. (9 p.m.) Departure ceremony at the Ciudad Juarez International Airport.
— 7:15 p.m. (9:15 p.m.) Departure by plane for Rome.
Pope Francis again underscored the importance of social justice and human dignity while delivering Mass in Ecatepec on Sunday, using his homily to denounce the “three temptations” of wealth, vanity and pride and their divisive effects on society
Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of people at this mass in Ecatepec to jointly solve the issue of drug-related violence and turn Mexico into a “land of opportunity,” where “there will be no need to emigrate in order to dream,” and where they will “not have to mourn men and women, young people and children who are destroyed at the hands of the merchants of death.”
During an open air mass in Ecatepec, just outside of Mexico City — although within the metropolitan area –, the pope asked, “Brothers and sisters, let’s get this into our heads: You can’t talk with the devil. You can’t talk with him because he will always defeat us.
He went on to say that, “Only the Word of God can defeat him. We have opted for Jesus and not the devil.”
The pontiff held a massive outdoor mass that nearly 300,000 people attended. He was warmly welcomed by the crowd after he arrived from Mexico in a helicopter. Thousands camped overnight since Saturday in order to have a good place to see and listen to the pope.
Day 2 of Pope Francis’s visit to Mexico in images with music from Argentinian singer, actress Carolina.