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Sunday March 18, 2012

Peace Activist Javier Sicilia to Deliver Letter Denouncing Violence in Mexico on Eve of Pope’s Visit

Poet and peace activist Javier Sicilia said he planned to deliver a letter denouncing the violence and corruption in Mexico to the Vatican on Thursday, a day before Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Mexico for a visit.

The aim of the trip to the Vatican is to get the pope to understand the suffering of the Mexican people, which is comparable to “the suffering and murdered body of Christ,” Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, said in a press conference Saturday.

The poet organized the peace movement after his 24-year-old son, Juan Francisco, and six other young men were murdered by the violent Pacifico Sur drug cartel in the central state of Morelos on March 27, 2011.

“We want the pope to know about the situation that Mexico is currently experiencing,” the poet said.

Sicilia is scheduled to meet with Bishop Mario Toso, who is secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Officials released the official agenda Saturday for the pope’s visit to Mexico.

Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to arrive Friday in Leon, a city in the central state of Guanajuato, where he will be greeted by mariachis and folk dancers.

President Felipe Calderon plans to meet with the pontiff on Saturday.

The biggest public event during the pope’s visit is scheduled for next Sunday, when Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in the city of Silao’s Guanajuato Bicentenario Park before some 700,000 people.

At least 5,700 federal and state law enforcement agents will provide security during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, officials said last week.

Roads will be closed temporarily while the pope is being transported to the different cities he is scheduled to visit in Guanajuato.

Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to stay at Leon’s Colegio Miraflores during his visit to Mexico.

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