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Mexico crowds welcome Pope Benedict on historic visit

24 March 2012 Last updated at 08:40 GMT

Pope Benedict XVI has arrived in Mexico, at the start of his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin America.

The Pope was greeted by thousands in central city of Guanajuato, and welcomed by President Felipe Calderon.

Mr Calderon said the visit had enormous importance as Mexico was suffering greatly from drug-related violence.

Before his arrival, the Pope said it was vital "to fight this evil" and urged the young to renounce drugs. After Mexico, he will travel to Cuba.

Will Grant reports.