Pope Francis arrives in Mexico for a five-day visit that will take him to some of the poorest and most violent corners of the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis arrived in Mexico City on Friday night (February 12) on the start of a five-day visit to Mexico. Throngs gathered in stadium bleachers to see the pope, who was welcomed by mariachi music and dancers, as well as child performers, in a colourful display. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and First Lady Angelica Rivera were also there to greet the pope as he stepped off the plane. Pope Francis met some of the performers and offered blessings to some young people and a disabled boy as he made his way down the tarmac. He also tried on a traditional Mexican sombrero, lent by a member of the mariachi band. The pope, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, will see first hand some of the poorest and most violent areas of Mexico on his first visit as pontiff. While in Mexico, the pope is due to celebrate Mass with indigenous communities in Mexico's poorest state, Chiapas, speak with young people in Morelia, the capital of violence-torn Michoacan state, and visit prison inmates in Ciudad Juarez.