According to the Catholic News Agency, Pope Francis began his trip to Mexico by urging Mexican leaders to help the nation’s young people. He said, “A people with a youthful population is a people able to renew and transform itself; it is an invitation to look to the future with hope and, in turn, it challenges us in a positive way here and now.”
With youth making up more than half the population of Mexico, the pontiff said there is a responsibility to create a future for men and women “who are upright, honest, and capable of working for the common good.”
The pope spoke at the National Palace to Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto, the country's diplomatic corps, and civil and social authorities.
The pope emphasized the church’s willingness to assist the Mexican government with caring for its citizens, saying, “The Mexican government can count on the cooperation of the Catholic Church, which has accompanied the life of this nation and which renews its commitment and willingness to serve the great causes of mankind: the building of the civilization of love.”