Pope Francis to visit Mexican capital, 3 states in 2016

11/11/2015 Washington Post

pope-francis-707390_640MEXICO CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Mexican capital and three states early next year, Mexico’s foreign relations secretary announced Wednesday.

Claudia Ruiz Massieu said Francis’ stops will be in Mexico City, Chiapas, Chihuahua and Michoacan, the latter three locales that present opportunities for the pontiff to touch on issues he has emphasized, such as poverty, migration and support for indigenous communities.

Chiapas, on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, is one of Mexico’s poorest states, heavily indigenous and a key migratory corridor for Central Americans traveling north to the United States. It has also seen rising rates of conversions to evangelical churches in recent years.

Chihuahua, in the north, also sees many thousands of people passing through each year trying to cross the border into Texas. Francis, who visited the United States in September, has said he would have liked to have entered the country from Mexico as a gesture of solidarity with migrants, but was unable to fit it into his schedule.

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Mexican Hunger Crusade Raises Questions

Kids Photo Credit Kelly DonlanThe New York Times, 03/21/14

More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say that number is questionable and the crusade against hunger appears to be doing far less than advertised.

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New graphs from JOIN – Agencia Ciudadana de Noticias

Jovenes Informados: Agencia Ciudadana de Noticias, May 2012

The Mexico based Group ‘JOIN: Agencia Ciudadana de Noticias’ has released two graphs in the series ‘Propuestas Candidatos 2012′ having to do with poverty in Mexico. According to the group, their graphs are based on publicly available information and are intended to inform the public on the proposals of the presidential candidates regarding a variety of issues currently facing Mexico.

To see the graphs click on the following: Poverty graph 1. Poverty graph 2.