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In Pope Francis, weary Mexicans see leader who will speak to their problems

The pope's agenda – focusing on migration, poverty, violence, and corruption – is likely to rattle both the Mexican government and even the Mexican church.

Yolanda Ximénez stands in front of the modern, curving Basilica of Guadalupe on a recent evening, trying to snap the perfect portrait for an exacting tourist. The pews and the plaza are bustling at Mexico’s most popular sanctuary in the lead-up to Pope Francis’ arrival this week, with parishioners entering the church on their knees and event bleachers awaiting the tens of thousands of faithful who will vie see the pope.

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