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Papal tickets for sale

The limited distribution of free tickets to see Pope Francis in Mexico spurred a temporary black market as scalpers cashed in on his trip by flogging tickets online. A single ticket to a papal Mass sold for 3,000 pesos ($150), … Continue reading

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Renegade priest still speaking “language of the poor”

The first time I encountered José Álvarez Franco, better known as Padre Patillas, or “Father Sideburns”, was during a baptismal service in his church in Tateposco, when he referred to me as a “gringo” during the mass, prompting laughter throughout … Continue reading

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