Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Mexico has almost come to an end. After having met institutions, families, Indians, young people, and after having seen firsthand the suffering of children with cancer at the pediatric hospital in Mexico City, now he is going to meet prisoners. Bergoglio will visit the “Cereso 3” penitentiary, considered one of the most dangerous penitentiaries in the world, and Juarez, the city where the prison is located, which had been considered until 2011 the riskiest city on our planet.
The prison hosts some killer gang such as “Los Aztecas” and “Los Artistas Asesinos”. The prosecutor general of Chihuahua State, Jorge Enrique Gonzalez Nicolas, ensures that things are very different today: “Till six years ago, a meeting with these characteristics (the Pope’s visit) was unimaginable. It will be an unprecedented event, a historical fact. “This jail had been also taken into consideration to incarcerate “Chapo” Guzman, the narco-boss of the Sinaloa cartel. A “Cereso 3” there are currently 3,600 prisoners, 700 of whom will be present at the meeting with the Pope. Francis’ visit to the jail will last about an hour.
Then, the Pontiff will meet the world of work, which will take place in the afternoon at the Colegio de Bachilleres Chihuahua State. Afterwards, the Pope will celebrate Mass in the Ciudad Juarez. At last, there will be the farewell ceremony at the Juarez International Airport. Bergoglio’s plane will take off shortly after 7 p.m. (local time), whereas his landing in Ciampino (Italy) is scheduled at 3 p.m. (local time) on Thursday February 18.