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Fight drug violence, Pope Francis tells Mexican priests

By PA Reporters

Published 18/02/2016

Pope Francis is greeted during his arrival at the Morelos stadium in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday
Pope Francis is greeted during his arrival at the Morelos stadium in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday
Pope Francis is greeted during his arrival at the Morelos stadium in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday
Pope Francis is greeted during his arrival at the Morelos stadium in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday

Pope Francis has urged Mexican priests not to resign themselves to a society dominated by drug-fuelled violence and corruption, but to get out of their comfortable lives and fight the injustices tormenting their flock.

Francis issued the appeal during a mass for Mexico's clergy in Morelia, the capital of the state of Michoacan, a hotbed of the country's drug trade.

The visit to Morelia was also a symbolic vote of confidence for the city's archbishop, Alberto Suarez Inda.

The pope showed public signs of irritation for the first time on his trip to Mexico, snapping at overeager crowds.

Following a colourful encounter with young dancers and singers, Francis went over to greet the faithful. Some people tugged on his sleeve from behind a barrier and appeared to be on the verge of toppling him.

After it happened a second time the pope had an irritated look on his face and said: "Don't be selfish, don't be selfish."

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