Pope makes first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America

March 22, 2012

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An image of Pope Benedict XVI reads, 'Leon is ready to receive the Pope and the world,' in Leon, Mexico.

Pope Benedict XVI begins a six day trip to Mexico and Cuba tomorrow. This is the Pope’s first trip to both countries. Officially, the Pope’s trip will coincide with the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of the Virgin of Charity. But many church observers believe Benedict’s trip is also an attempt to further position the church as a player within national politics in both countries. Margaret Crahan, research scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, talks with Worldview about what to expect from this papal visit.