Wow: Nearly a million Mexicans gathered to hear Pope Francis
After making a historic deal with Cuba on Friday, Pope Francis is stirring up even more change while beginning his tour of Mexico. Today, almost a million people--repeat, a million people--gathered in the impoverished town of Ecatepec, Mexico, a suburb of Mexico City, to hear the pope speak. Talk about a following.
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What did the pope say to the million people? Mainly, he focused on how seriously marginalized Mexico is, or rather how there's a small group of rich, powerful people, but so many poor people. There are around 60 million Mexicans living in poverty. He criticized the rich elite:
“You cannot dialogue with the devil. He will always win.”
Pope Francis also commented on how dangerous places like Ecatepec have become. He called on the Mexican government and the country's bishops to fight against the drug-trafficking and violence prevalent there.
“A land that does not have to cry for men, women, youth, and children who end up destroyed at the hand of the traffickers of death.”
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Many of the people who came to see the pope traveled hours and slept outside overnight just to catch a glimpse of him.
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Sydney is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English-language literature. She served as a City on a Hill Press editor and an editorial intern at Good Times Weekly. She currently resides in Orange County, where she does her best not to spend all her money at the ridiculous number of malls. She loves watching Bravo reality shows and eating vegan food that isn’t too expensive (so, never).