Break out the good tequila. The pope is coming.
Mexico, one of the world’s most devout Catholic countries, is in preparations for next month’s papal visit by beefing up security and raffling off event tickets, creating an official countdown clock, and even composing songs to greet his holiness. The Pope, too, seems excited for the trip, especially when it comes to tasting the local firewater.
A video that’s going viral on Mexican social media shows the pope jokingly asking a Mexican man in the Vatican if he will be greeted with some courtesy tequila upon his arrival.
The Mexican man is heard telling the pope that Mexico awaits him in February, to which the pope replies: “With or without tequila?”
“With plenty of tequila!,” the man assures him, before asking for a blessing.
While the pope’s signature brand of Latin American humor is already resonating with Mexicans, he’s expected to address some of the serious issues during his visit from Feb. 12-17.
Pope Francis is scheduled to travel across Mexico saying masses and holding meetings and public events. He will first arrive in Mexico City to meet embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto and pay tribute to the country’s beloved Virgin of Guadalupe at the main basilica. He’ll then go to the southern state of Chiapas and meet with impoverished indigenous communities in San Cristobal de las Casas which is considered Zapatista territory. The Bishop of San Cristobal recently revealed the pope is preparing a speech in the indigenous native tongues of Tzotzil and Tzeltal.
The official hymn of Chiapas to greet Pope Francis:
Francis is also expected to address drug war violence and immigration during his stopovers in the state of Michoacan, where vigilante groups have waged war against the narcos, and Ciudad Juarez, were hundreds of feminicides remain unsolved and unpunished.
But from the sounds of it, the first Latin American pontiff will also make time for a bit of tequila, because what Mexico trip is complete without it?