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Pope Francis in TJ?

Tijuana among top three candidate cities for a visit next year

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According to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, Pope Francis accepted an invitation to visit Mexico during a meeting between the two at the Vatican last month.

Since the June 7 meeting, Tijuana has turned up repeatedly on lists of cities the pope is likely to visit, especially since the Vatican has expressed interest in a city where immigration is a major issue.

On that count, Tijuana scores high — both in illegal immigration into the U.S. and in deportations from the U.S. to Mexico.

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According to the Instituto Nacional de Migración, 96,000 people were deported from the U.S. to Baja California in 2013; of those, 46,875 were sent to Tijuana.

Tijuana, said mayor Jorge Astiazarán Orcí, has become a good example for the rest of the world of “the great problem of immigration.” The mayor’s remarks came in a July 17 interview published the following day by the daily El Sol de Tijuana.

In a July 18 television interview with Mónico Margarito, judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Tijuana, he said it was entirely possible that Tijuana will be picked for a papal visit because of immigration’s role in the life of the city.

According to a July 16 story published by the Mexico City daily Excélsior, which cited sources among Mexico’s bishops, Tijuana is on a list with Monterrey and Mexico City for the papal visit.

The visit will occur near the end of September 2015 and is scheduled to coincide with a papal visit to Philadelphia for an international conference on the family, Excélsior reported.

Neither the visit to Mexico nor to Philadelphia has been confirmed by the Vatican.

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According to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, Pope Francis accepted an invitation to visit Mexico during a meeting between the two at the Vatican last month.

Since the June 7 meeting, Tijuana has turned up repeatedly on lists of cities the pope is likely to visit, especially since the Vatican has expressed interest in a city where immigration is a major issue.

On that count, Tijuana scores high — both in illegal immigration into the U.S. and in deportations from the U.S. to Mexico.

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According to the Instituto Nacional de Migración, 96,000 people were deported from the U.S. to Baja California in 2013; of those, 46,875 were sent to Tijuana.

Tijuana, said mayor Jorge Astiazarán Orcí, has become a good example for the rest of the world of “the great problem of immigration.” The mayor’s remarks came in a July 17 interview published the following day by the daily El Sol de Tijuana.

In a July 18 television interview with Mónico Margarito, judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Tijuana, he said it was entirely possible that Tijuana will be picked for a papal visit because of immigration’s role in the life of the city.

According to a July 16 story published by the Mexico City daily Excélsior, which cited sources among Mexico’s bishops, Tijuana is on a list with Monterrey and Mexico City for the papal visit.

The visit will occur near the end of September 2015 and is scheduled to coincide with a papal visit to Philadelphia for an international conference on the family, Excélsior reported.

Neither the visit to Mexico nor to Philadelphia has been confirmed by the Vatican.

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