MEXICO CITY – Pope Francis is without a doubt a breath of fresh air from the Catholic Church. Since he became Pope in 2013, his speeches have managed to change minds all over the world.

This month, on his trip to Mexico, he began with message of social justice. He not only addresses the politicians of the country, but also his own bishops.

His speeches were filled with harsh statements meant to challenge and encourage leaders, both religious and political, to take action against the complicated drug trade situation in the country.

In his visit to the Presidential palace, he stated that: “experience teaches us that each time we seek the path of privileges or benefits for a few to the detriment of the good of all, sooner or later the life of 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.”

When addressing his bishops and religious leaders in the country, he went on to tell them that they have a duty to help Mexicans  “finally escape the raging waters that drown so many, either victims of the drug trade or those who stand before God with their hands drenched in blood, though with pockets filled with sordid money and their consciences deadened.”

His visit and spot-on message may not seem like much, but in a country that is struggling to deal with several internal problems, it has the potential of facilitating change.

Pope Francis continues to raise awareness to several important issues around the world, and his visit to Mexico demonstrates that he understands the position that he is in and is making an effort to use it to help people.

His call for social justice in a country that clearly does not possess it demonstrated once again his commitment to help people everywhere in the world.

Over the past few years, Mexico has struggle with continued cases of social injustice, one of the most prominent ones being the case of the 43 missing students.

There is no way of predicting if the Pope’s speeches will be able to change the situation in the country, but they can be a beginning.

Julia Baldanza, Correspondent (Latin America)

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