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Pope Francis welcomed to Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Faithful await for the arrival of Pope Francis in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where he will celebrate his second open-air Mass - AFP

Faithful await for the arrival of Pope Francis in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where he will celebrate his second open-air Mass - AFP

15/02/2016 16:19

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico on Monday, just before 09.00 local time (16.00 Rome time).

His Holiness was welcomed by the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Fabio Martínez Castilla at Ángel Albino Crozo Airport. Representatives from the indigenous population presented the Pope with a crown of flowers and a group of children played marimbas as he made his way across the tarmac.

However, the Holy Father did not stay long. He boarded a helicopter that took him to the municipal sports centre 50km away, in the town of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

There he presided at the celebration of Holy Mass with the indigenous people of the Mexican State of Chiapas.

The Mass was celebrated in Spanish, with prayers and readings in three of the native languages.

You can watch the Mass, streamed LIVE on the Vatican’s YouTube channel, here.

15/02/2016 16:19