Pope Francis addressed several Mexican politicians to begin his first full day in Mexico yesterday and urged the country to steer itself away from corrupt practices, the Big News Network website reports today (February 14, 2016).
"Each time we seek the path of privileges or benefits for a few, to the detriment of the good of all, the life of the Society becomes a fertile soil for corruption, drug trade, exclusion of different cultures, violence and also human trafficking, kidnapping and death, bringing suffering and slowing down development," the pope said.
The pope was joined by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and members of his cabinet in Mexico City as he spoke about focusing the country's efforts on promoting "the common good."
Pena Nieto did not refer to the pope's comments when he acknowledged the crowd, but he did welcome the pontiff to the country and gave him a tour of the National Palace. Some 100,000 people were in the Zocalo square area outside the palace to see the pope as he delivered drive-by blessings from his vehicle.