Pope Francis will visit Mexico in February 2016
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Pope Francis will visit Mexico in February 2016

Pope Francis has announced that he will make his first official visit to Mexico on February 12 2016. 

During the eight day visit the Pope is expected to address issues such as organized crime, poverty and discrimination against migrants.

The Pope is expected to get a warm reception in Mexico, where more than 80% of the population are Catholics, the BBC reports.

The Archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, said Pope Francis would renew calls for forgiveness and solidarity.

“He will address the issues of dignity, human rights and duties and the care we owe to the most vulnerable people in society, such as migrants,” said Rivera.

The Pope visited Cuba and the U.S. in September.

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