Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico: Pope to find deep roots of faith

2016-02-10 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis departs for Mexico on Friday, for a week-long visit to the country and the people under the sign of mercy and peace. Vatican Radio’s Veronica Scarisbrick is in Mexico ahead of the Holy Father’s arrival, and spoke with the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. “Many people think that the Pope will come [with] solutions to their problems,” said Archbishop Pierre, “obviously, the Pope does not come for that.” The Apostolic Nuncio went on to say, “I think it is just a question of respect for the people – the people are responsible.”

Click below to hear the extended conversation of Vatican Radio's special envoy in Mexico, Veronica Scarisbrick, with the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Asked about the role of the Church in Mexican history, culture and society, Archbishop Pierre said, “The Pope knows that the faith has a long history in the life of the Mexican people, and has inspired their way of life: the Church is part of the nation, and this comes from the very beginning,” even and especially through the often difficult relationship between the Church and the governing authorities. “The Church has always been present in the soul and the culture of the people,” he said. “The Church has always been, even during the time of persecution, I would say, at the center of the life of the people – and this is what is important.” 

(from Vatican Radio)