Pope Francis' Mexico remark not meant to offend, Vatican says

February 25, 2015 12:16 PM

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Pope Francis' Mexico remark not meant to offend, Vatican says

ROME (Reuters) - A remark by Pope Francis to the effect that he hoped his homeland Argentina could avoid "Mexicanization" was not intended to offend Mexicans or to undervalue the government's efforts to fight drug trafficking, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade complained this week that the remark, made by the pope in an email to the head of an Argentinian human rights group, risked stigmatizing Mexico, where tens of thousands have died in drug-related violence in recent years.

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