On the fourth day of his journey to Mexico, the Pope is on his way to Chiapas, a state situated in the extreme south of the country, on the border with Guatemala. Here Francis will touch on the issues of population poverty, the problems of the indigenous communities, the drama of the Latin American migrants who are pushing from the south to enter Mexico and cross it, heading towards the United States. The Pope left from Mexico City at 7.30 a.m. by plane and will reach Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital of Chiapas after an about 750 kilometers-long flight. Right afterwards, a helicopter will take him to San Cristobal de Las Casas, where at 10.15 a.m. he will celebrate Mass with the indigenous communities in the municipal sports center. A multicultural celebration, officiated in the three languages of the local communities.
Chiapas is afflicted by the scourge of exploitation: human and labor rights are not respected there. Women, for some years, have invented a new expression: “I don’t have documents, I have no money, but I have a body card. I barter my body”.
Then there will be a lunch with the representatives of the indigenous communities. In the afternoon, Bergoglio will visit the Cathedral of San Cristobal de Las Casas, where he will pray on the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, the bishop of the city, the defender of the rights of the indigenous in Mexico and Latin America. In the afternoon, a helicopter will bring the Pope back to Tuxtla Gutierrez, where he will meet families at the “Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium.” The return flight to Mexico City is scheduled at 6 p.m., whereas its arrival is expected two hours later.