Due to Pope Francis' visit to Mexico City, some streets, Metro and Metrobús stations will be closed for the event. CUARTOSCURO.COM/ARMANDO MONROY

Pope visit affects capital’s mobility

THE NEWS With less than 24 hours until Pope Francis steps foot onto Mexican soil it is important to remember which streets, Metro and Metrobús stations will be closed for the event. Friday, Feb. 12, Eje 1 Norte Fuerza Aérea Mexicana, Circuito Bicentenario, Río Churubusco, Río Mixcoac and Insurgentes Sur will be closed from 4:30 [...]
The Basílica of the Virgin of Guadalupe and surroundings are being readied to guest Pope Francis. CUARTOSCURO.COM/ARMANDO MONROY

Basílica visit underlines the importance of Guadalupe

PETER ORSI/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY – A weathered pastel image of the Virgin of Guadalupe hangs from German Herrera Hernandez’s dashboard, watching over his passengers from her perch next to his cigarettes, gum and the handful of coins he uses to make change. “We believe in her,” said Herrera, a 55-year-old who has been [...]

Pope has over 10 million followers on Twitter

NOTIMEX Only days from arriving to Mexico, Pope Francis' spanish-language twitter account boasts over 10 million 985 thousand 639 followers since joining the social media. He has 686 tweets and follows eight other accounts of himself in other languages. Among the other official Papal accounts are the one published in Latin, with 416 thousand 485 followers, in English [...]

Pope’s visit to generate 900 millions pesos in economic benefits

The Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Mexico City (Canaco) estimated that the Pope's visit to the Mexican capital will bring around 900 million 200 thousand pesos in economic benefits, due to the arrival of nearly 2 million visitors. In a statement, the Canaco underlined that the most benefited will be restaurants and hotels, [...]
Chiapas officials announced op- erations for Pope Francis’ visit. NOTIMEX PHOTO/RENÉ DE JESÚS

State prepares for Pope Francis’ visit

Chiapas is ready for Pope Francis’ visit to Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas on Feb. 15. In a joint conference with local departments, the state Tourism Secretariat said that for the historic event, Chiapas expects over 500,000 people and an economic benefit of more than 700 million pesos ($37.2 million). In order to [...]
Streets around the Vatican embassy will be closed by publilc security NOTIMEX PHOTO/FRANCISCO GARCÍA

Pope’s safety a top priority

GUILLERMO ESPINOSA/THE NEWS Mexico City Public Security Secretary Hiram Almeida Estrada said that, from his arrival in Mexico City on Feb. 12 on, the safety of Pope Francis will be the charge of the Presidential Guard, in coordination with the Swiss Guard who traditionally protect the pope during his visits. “Regarding the security measures, we are [...]
The Pope's medal was given to him by a friend in a moment of crisis. AP PHOTO

Pope carries with him a medal of the Virgin of Guadalupe

NOTIMEX The medal of the Virgin of Guadalupe that Pope Francis carries with him is a reminder, both of an interior crisis and of God's Mercy, shared the Catholic Church's new medium in German, kath.net. "Even the official logo for Pope Francis' visit to Mexico from the 12th to he 17th of February shows that there [...]