Photo: Pope Benedict Arriving in Mexico
Hours before Pope Benedict XVI is to land in Guanajuato, Mexico the Vatican has released statistical information on Mexico and Cuba. The Pope has events schedule in three cities in Guanajuato during his March 23-26 visit, he is due to land in Mexico at 5:30 CST.
He is in Mexico to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the independence of Mexico and the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the image of “Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre,” in Cuba.
On March 26th he leaves for Santiago, Cuba. This will be first trip to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.
The information provided by Vatican Information Services show that 91.89% percent of Mexicans are Catholic or approximately 99,635,000 people. Mexican Catholics are serviced by 6,744 parishes with over 16,000 priests. Close to 2 million students in Mexico attend Catholic schools at all levels.
In Cuba 60.19% of Cubans are Catholic or approximately 6,766,000 people. There are 304 parishes serving the Catholics on the island with 361 priests. There are 12 Catholic education centers serving over one thousand students.
Both countries have their welcome carpet out for ‘El Papa’.