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Pope delivers mass in Mexico (PHOTOS)

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Wearing a sombrero given to him by a worshiper, Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, today where he delivered an open-air mass to 350,000 people.

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RONALDO SCHEMIDT

Pope Benedict XVI donned a sombrero and blessed the Christ the King statue from a helicopter before conducting an open-air mass for 350,000 people today near Silao, Mexico.

The pope’s 3-day trip continues to endear him to Mexicans, who connected deeply with his predecessor, John Paul II, The Associated Press reported.

Benedict also made special reference to the Virgin Mary during mass, another important icon in Mexico, while speaking to pressing social issues such as drug violence and emigration.

“At this time, when so many families are separated or forced to emigrate, when so many are suffering due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the crisis of values and increased crime, we come to Mary in search of consolation, strength and hope,” the pope said as mass concluded at Bicentennial Park.

“She is the mother of the true God, who invites us to stay with faith and charity beneath her mantle, so as to overcome in this way all evil and to establish a more just and fraternal society.” 

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    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates mass at an open-air altar at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, on March 25 as assistants carry a gift for local bishops. In only his second trip to the world's most Catholic continent, Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Mexico before travelling to Cuba on Monday.

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    Worshipers listen during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, on March 25.

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    Pope Benedict XVI speaks next to children on March 24 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI is in Mexico on his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America which will include a two-day visit to Cuba.

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    People listen to Pope Benedict XVI at Peace Square in Guanajuato, Mexico, on March 24.

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    A dog runs after the Popemobile in Guanajuato, Mexico, on March 24.

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    More than 350,000 people attended an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, on March 25.

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    ALBERTO PIZZOLI

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    A man receives communion during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, on March 25.

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    RONALDO SCHEMIDT

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    Paramedics help an injured woman as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates an open-air mass at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, on March 25.

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    Assistants help Pope Benedict XVI to the altar at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato.

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    ALBERTO PIZZOLI

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    Pope Benedict XVI receives a sombrero from someone in the crowd as he arrives at Bicentennial Park in Silao, Guanajuato.

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    ALBERTO PIZZOLI