Three public activities are lined up on the official second day of apostolic visit of Pope Francis in Mexico.
A welcome ceremony for the visiting pope hosted by President Enrique Peña Nieto will be held at the official residence of the head of state, the National Palace. It is also the courtesy call of Pope Francis.
Yesterday afternoon, President Nieto and his wife, Angelica Rivera Nieto, met Pope Francis during his arrival at the airport.
Scheduled for 13 February 2016, the welcoming ceremony at the National Palace and courtesy visit is scheduled in the morning.
The second public activity will be the meeting with the Bishops of Mexico, a gathering in the Cathedral.
The day’s event will be capped with a Holy Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is a National shrine of Mexico in the north of Mexico City.
The shrine was built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. This site is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe, as it has several churches and related buildings.
One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, the basilica is visited by several million people every year, especially around 12 December, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast day.