Pope will stay at convent during trip to Mexico

By Rosa Maria Ordaz

Leon, Mexico (CNA/EWTN News) — A religious order unveiled new details about the convent where Pope Benedict and his entourage will be staying during his upcoming visit to Mexico March 23-26.

While in the city of Leon on March 23, the pope will stay with the Servants of the Most Holy Eucharist and of the Mother of God in a remodeled room described as “very austere.”

“It will have a night stand, a crucifix, a statue of the Virgin Mary and a rosary,” community superior Mother Rocio told CNA on Jan. 15. 

She noted that the pope usually stays in a convent or monastery when he travels to a city where there is no Apostolic Nunciature.

After visiting the site in December of last year, Vatican officials decided the pope should stay with the order – a congregation founded by Mother Trinity of the Most Pure Heart of Mary and originally from Spain. The religious community also runs a school in the city of Leon.

Mother Rocio said the chance to host the pope “is a blessing for our congregation” and “a great gift from God in this year 2012.”

The sisters learned of the Vatican’s decision from Leon Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago on Jan. 1.

Mother Rocio said that Mother Pilar Burgos Gonzalez – the superior general of the congregation – is slated to travel to Leon for the pope’s visit and that the sisters are working diligently to prepare the room where Pope Benedict will stay.

“We are in the process of remodeling,” she said, “and people who have seen the room say it looks good.”

The pope’s room will also be outfitted with new furniture, “preserving the style it currently has, because he deserves it,” she said. “We know he is the living presence of Christ on earth.”

The most important members of the pope’s entourage will also be staying at the convent, Mother Rocio said. “We were asked how many rooms we have, and they are going to occupy the entire house.”

The community superior said that for security reasons, “we can’t show the room, but we can share our joy and blessing at being the hosts of the Successor of St. Peter.”

Mother Rocio provided CNA with pictures of the area outside the pope’s room, photos that she says “convey the sobriety and simplicity with which our congregation will be welcoming him during his stay.”



Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:39 AM By Clinton
Let us pray for the Holy Father on his trip to Mexico. This country like so many others has largely apostasized from the True Faith. +JMJ+

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:36 PM By Tina
St Micheal the archangel,defend us in battle be protection aginst the wickeness and snares of the devil mayGod rebuke him,we humbly pray,and to thou o prince of the havenly host,throw back to hell satin and all the evil spirits,who proul about the world seeking the ruins of souls Amen

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:39 PM By Anne T.
I am sure these handmaidens of the Lord will find honor and joy in hosting the Holy Father. May they be richly blessed in return.

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:43 PM By JLS
Not sure what the concept of austere is in this situation.

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012 8:54 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Seems perfectly acceptable to me, especially in light of the vows of poverty, etc. I wonder about their ability to provide adequate security though. A similar situation many years ago in which a convent of poor nuns in Mexico was entertaining a visiting bishop or some such is said to have led to the last-minute invention of mole, with miraculous results. Does anyone know the details of this story, and whether or not it is simply a sweet story?

Posted Friday, January 20, 2012 8:45 PM By Cody in Tucson
The poor Pope staying in austere conditions! He should come to my diocese where bishops and clergy stay/speak at only the finest golf/tennis/spa resorts!

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:28 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
This should be no surprise, since his little office in the Vatican, which I have been in, is very austere as well, it isn’t even very big! God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:00 PM By JLS
I cannot understand why someone would want to stay at one of those artificed resorts when it is so much finer to camp in the middle of nowhere. But I’m happy they do, because that leaves the middle of nowhere a lot less crowded.

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:29 PM By JLS
Maryanne, do you really think the mole was “invented” in recent times? After all, people have been around for a long time and have long developed simple food recipes.