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SundayMarch 25, 2012

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640,000 Come Out to Hear Pope’s Mass in Mexico

640,000 Come Out to Hear Pope’s Mass in Mexico

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Among the 640,000 people attending the Mass celebrated Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI in the Parque Guanajuato Bicentenario in Silao were the four Mexican candidates for the presidency of the world’s second-largest Catholic country.

On July 1 Mexicans will go to the polls to select one of the four candidates, and much is at stake in the election, but on Sunday they gathered together in peace and, as good Catholics, listened to the homily pronounced by the pontiff.

The four included the ruling conservative National Action Party’s Josefina Vazquez Mota; Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD; Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI; and Gabriel Quadri of the minority New Alliance Party, or PANAL, who posted on Twitter several messages about attending the Mass.

All four said in brief remarks to the press after the Mass that the pope’s message was one of reconciliation and of unity.

Benedict XVI warned against “superficial and routine, at times fragmentary and incoherent” faith, and he exhorted Christians not to give in to that temptation and overcome “the weariness” of faith.

Before the huge and attentive crowd in the central state of Guanajuato, the pope also urged that human life in all its stages be “respected, defended and promoted,” that is to say, from the moment of conception until death.

Benedict XVI also emphasized the need for a new evangelization of Latin America, where he noted a “weariness” of faith and stated that it is necessary to recover the “joy of being a Christian” to deal with the advance of secularization and the widening social penetration of various sects.

The pontiff wanted to give a Latin American character to this Mass and his remarks at it, given that many countries in the hemisphere recently have celebrated their bicentennials since independence, including Mexico.

Among those attending the Mass were 250 cardinals and bishops, the presidents of 22 bishops’ conferences from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as prelates from the United States and Canada.

Despite the heat of the day, the Bishop of Rome toured the area in the so-called Popemobile to resounding applause, cheers and chants by the crowd. Later, the pontiff was scheduled to meet with bishops from all over the hemisphere, the last act of his three-day visit to Mexico before departing for Cuba on Monday.

The 84-year-old pope arrived Friday in the central city of Leon, the first stop on his five-day visit to Mexico and Cuba.

Following his visit to central Mexico, the pope will fly to Cuba on Monday to visit the cities of Santiago and Havana.

The pope is making his second journey to Latin America - the first was a 2007 trip to Brazil - and his first to Spanish-speaking countries in the region.

Benedict’s visit to Mexico is the sixth papal trip to that country after the five that Pope John Paul II made in 1979, 1990, 1993, 1999 and 2002.

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Three Students Die Making ‘Potato’ Bombs in Colombia

Three Students Die Making ‘Potato’ Bombs in Colombia

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Three Colombian university students, including a woman, died Sunday when the explosives they were handling went off at a house in Bogota, police and city officials said.

A fourth student and nine neighbors were wounded by the blast, which occurred at a house in the suburb of Suba, the Metropolitan Police and the city government said.

“Apparently, they were handling explosive devices ... and, in addition, drinking liquor,” Metropolitan Police chief Gen. Luis Eduardo Martinez said.

The victims ranged in age from 19 to 22, the police chief said.

The students were making “explosive potatoes,” as the small bombs used in student protests are known, Martinez said, adding that eight to 10 kilos (about 18 to 22 pounds) of explosives went off.

Police explosives specialists found instructions for making bombs at the house, the police chief said.

Propaganda from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group and a supposed dissident group of the April 19 Movement, or M-19, a guerrilla group that demobilized about 20 years ago, were found in the house.

The victims were students at the School of Social Sciences of the Francisco Jose de Caldas District University, an institution run by the Bogota city government, Martinez said.

The explosion damaged or destroyed 51 dwellings and 12 vehicles, Bogota emergency services chief Javier Pava said.

Three of the dwellings have been evacuated, Pava said, adding that the affected buildings housed 160 people, including 51 children.

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Arrests Made on Eve of Pope’s Visit Denounced, Including 100 Beggars and Ladies in White

Arrests Made on Eve of Pope’s Visit Denounced, Including 100 Beggars and Ladies in White

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The Cuban dissident movement on Sunday denounced dozens of arbitrary arrests of opposition members, among them 18 of the Ladies in White group, as well as threats and intimidation in the days prior to the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on the island.

“With regard to the papal visit, the Castro regime has increased its repressive actions and intimidation against peaceful dissidents,” said the opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, or CCDHRN, in a communique.

The CCDHRN said it had confirmed 70 arrests over the past four days, especially in the province of Santiago de Cuba, where the pope will begin his visit on Monday.

The opposition group said that the regime had also been threatening to arrest and intimidating other dissidents to try and motivate them not to attend the Masses the pope will celebrate on the island.

The Ladies in White, who lobby for the release of political prisoners and human rights, confirmed Sunday in Havana that 18 of thr group’s members had been arrested and many others had been threatened.

Nevertheless, the group will attend the Mass presided over by the pontiff in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, its leader, Berta Soler, told reporters on Sunday.

About 20 women belonging to the Ladies in White on Sunday attended Mass at Havana’s Santa Rita Church, as they do every Sunday, and afterwards they marched in silence down a nearby street. After their peaceful march last weekend, dozens of members of the group were arrested and held by police for several hours.

“Despite the threats by the repressive forces, we’re going to ... go on the 28th to the plaza (of the Revolution) to hear the Holy Father’s Mass, a right we have because nobody can choose who may or may not participate in a Mass and be close to God,” Soler said.

In Santiago de Cuba, the Ladies in White in that region did not attend Sunday Mass at the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Cobre, Efe correspondents verified.

Meanwhile, the CCDHRN also said that in Havana and Santiago at least 100 beggars had been detained or interned “so that they are not seen on the streets by foreign visitors, including pilgrims and reporters, during the visit of Benedict XVI.”

“The forced internment of these defenseless and absolutely vulnerable people constitutes a repugnant violation of human rights,” the group led by Elizardo Sanchez said.

Simultaneously, “the government is deploying its enormous capacity for bureaucratic mobilization to fill the plazas and other places where Benedict XVI will go,” the CCDHRN said.

After his visit to Mexico, the pontiff will arrive in Cuba on Monday morning and will be welcomed by President Raul Castro in Santiago, where the pope will celebrate his first Mass on the island.

Benedict XVI, who will not meet with any dissidents during his stay in Cuba, will leave the island on March 28 after another Mass in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion.

In the weeks leading up to the papal visit, there have been several episodes of tension involving dissident groups such as the occupation of a church in Havana and the temporary arrests of the Ladies in White.

The Cuban government, which considers the dissidents to be counterrevolutionaries and mercenaries in the service of the United States, has warned that those who try to “obstruct this apostolic visit with political manipulations ... will fail.”

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Chavez Back in Cuba for More Cancer Treatments, Will be There When Pope Arrives

Chavez Back in Cuba for More Cancer Treatments, Will be There When Pope Arrives

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is once again in Havana to receive radiation therapy just as the island is preparing to welcome Pope Benedict XVI.

Chavez arrived at the Havana airport about midnight on Saturday looking “very animated” as he deplaned and was received by his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro with “a warm embrace of welcome,” according to Cuban press reports on Sunday.

A little more than a week has passed since Chavez finished his 21-day stay (from Feb. 24 to March 16) in Cuba, during which time he was operated on to remove a malignant tumor two centimeters (0.8 inches) in diameter, a recurrence of the cancer he was operated on for in June 2011, also in Cuba.

The Venezuelan leader began his radiation therapy in Havana after this latest operation, treatment that will take between four and five weeks, although it is possible that he might receive some radiation sessions in Venezuela.

“I’m going to be coming and going,” Chavez said on Saturday in Caracas, although he said he would be returning to his country in “a few days.”

On this occasion, the Venezuelan leaders arrival in Havana came as the island is involved in preparations to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, who is making the second Latin American visit of his papacy to Mexico and Cuba.

After visiting Mexico, the pontiff on Monday will begin his visit to Cuba in the eastern city of Santiago, where he will be greeted by President Raul Castro and where he will preside over his first open-air Mass on the island.

On Tuesday, March 27, Benedict XVI will visit the sanctuary of the Virgen del Cobre, the island’s patron saint, and will fly to Havana, where he will conclude his trip on Wednesday after a Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion that is predicted to be heavily attended by the religious faithful.

Chavez’s stay in Cuba during the papal visit has invited speculation that the pontiff might meet with him in Havana, although that possibility has not been officially confirmed or commented upon to date.

“It is being commented upon that Chavez, Fidel, Raul Castro and Benedict XVI could meet in Havana,” wrote a Cuban government blogger known as Yohandry on Twitter on Sunday.

However, from Leon, Mexico, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters covering the pontiff’s trip to that country that “nothing is known about that (Chavez’s trip), but I don’t think there’s any concrete possibility that they will meet. It would surprise me greatly.”

Chavez was operated on on June 10, 2011, for a pelvic abscess in Havana just as he was finishing up a tour of Brazil, Ecuador and Cuba and later cancer was detected in the same area.

Later, he returned to the island on six other occasions (including this one) to receive chemotherapy or undergo medical checkups or procedures.

During Chavez’s stays in Cuba, the island’s authorities have maintained absolute silence regarding his health and the Venezuelan leader and members of his government have released only a very limited amount of information on his condition or treatment.

Chavez, who has denied that his cancer has metastized, is running for reelection for the third time in the Oct. 7 election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

Venezuela is the main political ally and biggest trading partner for Cuba, and bilateral trade went from $200 million in 2005 to more than $6 billion in 2010, a volume comprising almost 40 percent of the Communist-run island’s total trade.

Venezuela furnishes Cuba with 100,000 barrels of crude oil each day, which Havana pays for by providing medical, educational and sports services.

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Labor Shortages Lead Businesses to Support Help for Undocumented Workers

Labor Shortages Lead Businesses to Support Help for Undocumented Workers

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In Garden City, a sprawling blue-collar town on the western plains of Kansas, local businesses struggle to find enough workers. At the end of last year, the unemployment rate in the county stood at just 3.9 percent. Western Kansas, known for its meatpacking plants, is also seeing growth in other agricultural areas, not to mention wind power and the oil and gas industries.

Local dairy farmers try to lure new workers with decent salaries and benefits, but they find no takers, says Renaldo Mesa, who has served as president of the local chamber of commerce and as Garden City’s mayor. “There’s a lot of jobs out here,” Mesa says, “especially out in western Kansas, that average Americans just will not take.” Many local businesses rely on immigrant labor. Immigrants already make up a fifth of the population of Garden City; nearly half the city is Hispanic. There are local festivals for Mexico’s independence day and the Vietnamese new year.

As a Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Mesa backed a proposal this year designed to make it easier for illegal immigrants to keep their jobs. It would allow the state to ask the federal government for leniency for longtime residents who work in Kansas if those immigrants face deportation.

He says it is a step that will help spur growth in agriculture, a major focus of Governor Sam Brownback. “That’s what we do out here in Kansas,” Mesa says. “In order to do that, you’ve got to have the workforce.”

Although they are overshadowed by state efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, business groups are working in several state capitols to help undocumented workers and, in the process, make it easier for businesses to hire immigrants legally. But many of those efforts, like the one in Kansas, are testing new political and legal ground. 

“It is all new,” says Tamar Jacoby, the head of the business coalition Immigration Works USA, which is backing the Kansas measure and similar immigrant-friendly proposals in other states. “But the same thing is driving it everywhere and it’s not surprising. It’s the tightening enforcement noose. More and more farmers — and other employers too,  but farmers especially — are having trouble finding the workers they need to keep their businesses open.”

The frustration from farmers is cropping up in states that have little else in common.

Georgia last year passed a law to discourage illegal immigrants from settling there. But the state’s agriculture commissioner has actively pushed Congress to overhaul the nation’s guest worker programs so cantaloupe and cucumber farmers can hire undocumented workers legally to pick their crops.

Vermont lawmakers now appear to be heading down a path toward letting unauthorized immigrants get driver’s licenses. The change would especially benefit immigrant workers on dairy farms, who can seldom leave their farms to buy food, see doctors or attend church.

As part of a larger immigration package, the Utah legislature has called for the state to set up its own guest worker program starting in 2013. Similar bills were introduced this year in New Mexico and California. But both Vermont and Georgia rejected that approach. Current federal law does not allow for separate state guest worker programs; Utah has asked for federal permission to allow its program to take effect.

The variety of approaches to the same problem shows that there is no clear or easy option for states to take on what is essentially a federal issue.

Read more at Daniel C. Vock for Stateline →

Murder of Transgender Advocate Agnes Torres Sulca in Mexico Condemned

Murder of Transgender Advocate Agnes Torres Sulca in Mexico Condemned

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Agnes Torres Sulca, a trans person and human rights defender of lesbians, gays, trans, bisexuals and intersex persons (LGTBI) in Mexico.

According to the information received by the IACHR, Agnes Torres Sulca took part in different groups and, among other actions to promote the rights of LGTBI persons, participated in the lobbying of bills before the National Assembly in the State of Puebla, Mexico. According to the information received, her body, allegedly presenting burns, was found on March 10, 2012 in Puebla.

The IACHR reminds the State of its obligation to investigate such acts of its own accord and to punish those responsible. The leaders of organizations that promote and defend the rights of LGTBI persons play a fundamental role in the region, both in terms of public oversight to ensure compliance with States’ obligations, as well as, in general terms, the promotion of human rights of LGTBI persons.

IACHR noted the large number of reports regarding murders, threats and criminalization of activities carried out by human rights defenders of LGTBI persons, as well as the failure to take a differentiated approach to the investigation of violations of human rights committed against them. In this regard, the Report identified that a frequent obstacle to the proper investigation and punishment of those responsible for crimes committed against LGTBI persons is that most of them are classified as crimes of passion, and the investigation is not tailored to determining whether the crime was committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

In this regard, the Inter-American Commission urges the State of Mexico to conduct an investigation that takes into account whether Agnes Torres’ murder was committed because of her gender identity and/or her work defending the rights of LGTBI persons.

Additionally, the IACHR urges the Mexican State to immediately and urgently adopt all necessary measures to guarantee the rights of LGTBI persons and of those who defend their rights.

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Latino Family Culture and Coming Out Gay to Your Family

Latino Family Culture and Coming Out Gay to Your Family

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Check out Cuentame’s video story on the Moreno Family, a traditional Latino family, as they confront having gay siblings in their family. 

The video called ‘An Honest Conversation’ according to Cuentame:

“Is a sober, honest, and often painful collection of stories from our LGBTQ Latino youth, their friends, families, and the community in general. From bullying to abuse, struggle to triumph, this ground-breaking series aims to break taboos within the Latino community while changing paradigms within our fast-shifting demographic. With these powerful, direct stories Cuéntame is starting a provocative and honest nationwide conversation that we hope will begin with your own discussions at the Holiday or Sunday dinner table and into the lives of many Latinos in America.”

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POLL:  60% Polled Americans Say Border Control Priority in Immigration Reform Debate

POLL:  60% Polled Americans Say Border Control Priority in Immigration Reform Debate

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Voters continue to support a welcoming immigration policy and still feel strongly that immigration reform should focus on border control.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of Likely Voters think when it comes to immigration reform, gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers who are already in the United States.  Thirty-three percent (33%) feel the opposite is true.

The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 19-20, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Controversial Venezuelan Governor Shot

Controversial Venezuelan Governor Shot

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The former governor of the southwestern Venezuelan state of Apure was shot at a fast food restaurant in Maracay, a city located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Caracas, Globovision reported.

Jesus Aguilarte, who resigned a year ago due to health problems, “was surprised by two subjects, who shot him four times, (hitting him) in the chin, eye, chest and abdomen,” Globovision said.

The gunmen rode into the restaurant on a motorcycle and opened fire on Aguilarte, who was eating with a 23-year-old woman.

The former governor and a 27-year-old man who was also wounded in the attack were taken to a hospital in Maracay, the capital of Aragua state, Globovision said.

Aguilarte, a native of Maracay, was the victim of an attack, the El Aragueño de Maracay newspaper reported, confirming Globovision’s story.

“We have confirmed that Aguilarte is in stable condition after undergoing surgery and is receiving intensive therapy,” Aragua Gov. Rafael Isea said in a posting on Twitter.

“Reports about the supposed death of Aguilarte are false,” Information Minister Rafael Izarra said.

Investigators are trying to determine who was responsible for the attack, the Attorney General’s Office said.

Aguilarte resigned in February 2011, a month before President Hugo Chavez publicly criticized his performance as governor.

Aguilarte got married two months before resigning and had a lavish wedding reception while public employees in Apure were staging protests to demand that they be paid, Wilmer Fernandez, a member of Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV, said.

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Brazilian Deported for Double Murder Back Home

Brazilian Deported for Double Murder Back Home

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A Brazilian national residing in Bridgeport, who was wanted in his home country for his involvement in a double homicide, was turned over to Brazilian law enforcement authorities this morning in Rio De Janeiro. He was removed from the United States by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This individual was originally identified after ERO obtained a law enforcement tip from the Bridgeport Police Department.

Isaias Goncalves Dos Santos, 31, was arrested by ERO officers in Bridgeport Jan. 31, 2012. He remained in ERO custody until his removal today.

The Bridgeport Police Department had notified ERO that they suspected Dos Santos, who had an Interpol Red Notice out for his arrest, was residing in Bridgeport. According to the Interpol Red Notice, Dos Santos allegedly devised a plan that executed the mayor of São Sebastião do Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mayor Gomes Gildeci Sampaio, and his friend, were both killed in the kitchen of the mayor’s home Oct. 13, 2009. Interpol and ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) assistant attaché in Brasilia, Brazil, confirmed the biographical details and photographic facial identifiers with Brazilian authorities, which confirmed that Dos Santos was indeed wanted by their government.

An Interpol Red Notice is used to alert law enforcement agencies in member countries that arrest warrants have been issued and extradition will be sought for the fugitives. Being the subject of this type of notice is not a presumption of guilt. Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization with 190 member countries. It serves as a facilitator of international police cooperation.

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Issue of Church’s Role in Child Sex Abuse Surfaces in Pope’s Mexico Visit

Issue of Church’s Role in Child Sex Abuse Surfaces in Pope’s Mexico Visit

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Mexicans who denounced the sexual abuses committed by Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), founder of the Legion of Christ, asked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday to acknowledge the church’s responsibility in covering up his case and to announce that “never again” will pederasty be tolerated.

“We don’t plan to boycott the visit, absolutely. What we do want is to ask him from Mexico: Where are you going, Benedict XVI? Do you want to find your charisma once more and the mission of Peter, or is strengthening your papacy and your position as head of state what you want?” former priest Alberto Athie said at a press conference.

He spoke those words in presenting a new book of which he is co-author, “The Voluntad de No Saber” (The Will Not To Know), a 2012 publication of Grijalbo, which offers 212 documents from the secret archives of the Vatican that refer to the sexual abuse of minors and other inappropriate conduct connected with Maciel beginning in 1944.

According to the ex-priest, with Benedict XVI at the head of the church, “he and he alone can chart a new course to resolve this tremendous problem…the holocaust of thousands of boys and girls who were abused in many parts of the world.”

“With this we are not asking him for an anti-Christian act (but rather one that is) at the root of Christian conscience,” Athie said.

On Friday Pope Benedict XVI had commented on other problems - he condemned the wave of organized crime that has battered Mexico in recent years and said Marxist ideology no longer “corresponds to reality” in remarks to reporters while en route to Latin America.

He made those comments on the papal plane that took him Friday from Rome to the central Mexican city of Leon, Guanajuato state, the first stop on his five-day visit to Mexico and Cuba.

The pontiff also spoke in defense of religious freedom and urged Mexicans to strive for peaceful coexistence and to continue the battle against drug trafficking with the church’s help.

Benedict recalled the famous words uttered by his predecessor, John Paul II, in Havana in 1998 - “May Cuba, with all its magnificent potential, open itself up to the world, and may the world open itself up to Cuba” - and said they are still relevant today.

“John Paul II’s visit opened a path of cooperation and constructive dialogue between the church and (the Cuban government). That path is long and requires patience to keep it going, but the church wants to keep cooperating,” he said.

At the same time, the pope stressed the role that the church wants to play in promoting political and social change on the Communist-ruled island.

“Marxist ideology as it was conceived no longer corresponds to reality, and if we can no longer build a society in this way new models must be found with patience and in a constructive way.”

“That process requires patience and decisions and we want to help in a spirit of dialogue to avoid traumas and to help move toward a fraternal and just society.”

Benedict also referred to the drug-related violence plaguing Mexico, where some 50,000 people have been killed in just over five years, saying the Catholic Church has a great responsibility to stir people’s consciences.

“We have to do everything possible against this destructive evil (threatening) humanity and our youth. The first thing is to proclaim God, the judge who loves us and pushes us to rightness and truth and to fight against evil,” he said.

“The Catholic Church must educate consciences, educate in moral responsibility and unmask evil. It also must unmask the idolatry of money that enslaves man and unmask falsehoods, lies and deceit.”

In good health and spirits despite a journey of more than 14 hours, the 84-year-old pope arrived Friday in Leon, the heart of Mexican Catholicism, where he was received by President Felipe Calderon and tens of thousands of people.

According to Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, between 600,000 and 700,000 turned out to greet the pontiff on his ride in the pope mobile from the airport to Colegio Miraflores, where he will reside during his stay in Leon.

“I come as a pilgrim of faith, hope and charity to confirm the faithful in the faith and encourage them to revitalize the sacraments and the coherence of life,” the pope said in his first words to the crowd.

He also urged Mexicans to build a society based on the triumph of love and the dissemination of justice and told them he will pray to God and the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, for all those who suffer from resentment and different forms of violence.

Benedict XVI, who Lombardi said is in excellent health, is scheduled to meet Saturday with Calderon in the city of Guanajuato and later greet several thousands of children gathered at that city’s main square.

Following his stay in central Mexico, the pope will fly to Cuba on Monday to visit the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Havana until March 28.

The pope is making his second visit to Latin America - the first was a 2007 trip to Brazil - and his first to Spanish-speaking countries in the region.

Benedict’s visit to Mexico is the sixth papal trip to that country, the world’s second-largest Catholic country, after the five that John Paul II made in 1979, 1990, 1993, 1999 and 2002.

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REPORT:  11.5 Million Undocumented Immigrants Living in U.S, Majority of Mexican Descent

REPORT:  11.5 Million Undocumented Immigrants Living in U.S, Majority of Mexican Descent

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The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States was around 11.5 million in January 2011, compared with the 11.6 million the year before, according to a Department of Homeland Security report published Saturday in the American press.

Of all the largely Hispanic undocumented immigrants living in the United States in January 2011, only 14 percent had entered the country after 2005, the report said.

Mexicans continued to make up the most numerous segment of the undocumented population in the U.S., with 6.8 million, or 59 percent, in the month their numbers were measured.

The number of undocumented immigrants reached its peak in 2007 with a total of 11.8 million, and since then has diminished, partly because of the economic crisis, improved economic conditions in Mexico and greater border security, the DHS said.

The DHS report was prepared with data from the 2010 Census.

U.S. President Barack Obama during his electoral campaign promised immigration reform that he has not carried out during his first term.

In the current campaign leading up to the Nov. 6 elections, the Repubican presidential hopefuls have made it clear they favor an iron-fisted approach to illegal immigration, rejecting completely any amnesty for the undocumented and promising, to the contrary, more deportations and tougher border security.

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5.3 Earthquake Rattles Chile This Weekend, No Deaths or Damage Reported

5.3 Earthquake Rattles Chile This Weekend, No Deaths or Damage Reported

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A magnitude-5.3 earthquake rattled central Chile before dawn without any victims, material damage or interruption of basic services reported.

The seismic movement, which lasted several seconds, took place at 4:28 a.m. local time (0728 GMT) and had its epicenter some 43 kilometers (27 miles) northeast of the town of Casablanca in the central Valparaiso region, the Seismological Service at the University of Chile reported.

The temblor was also felt in the central regions of Maule and O’Higgins.

The Navy’s Hydrography and Oceanography Service ruled out any possibility that the quake would be capable of setting off a tsunami that could hit the Chilean coastline.

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