· Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba starts a new phase of evangelization begun with Vatican II ·
Pope Wojtyła has begun his Journey along a path, signifying hope, freedom and peace for the peoples of Mexico and Cuba. But now we must follow him, and make sure that others do the same, to the light of faith. This is the spirit with which Benedict XVI embarked on this international Journey, in the footsteps of John Paul II. His eyes are turned towards Mexico and Cuba but his thoughts are of the entire Latin American continent. The Pope said as much to the journalists following him on this Pastoral Visit. The objective of the Journey remains that of bringing Christ and his love to the centre of history, of bringing man to the centre of life.
As always, the meeting with 72 representatives of the international press at the start of the Joiurney was a climate of great cordiality. During the flight to the Mexican City of León, the Pope met with journalists at 11 o'clock, accompanied by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi.
The questions addressed to the Pontiff regarded: the tough situation in Mexico tormented by the destructive violence of drug trafficking; the role of the Church in a place steeped in social conflicts and debates on the legacy of “liberation theology”; the question of human rights in Cuba which mirrors the continuing international instability regarding the Caribbean islands; the many trials that appear on the horizon of the Church in Latin America, engaged in the continental mission started just after the Aprarecida conference.
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