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Pope to bring message of hope to gritty Mexico City suburb

Pope Francis heads into the capital's crime-ridden suburb of Ecatepec on Sunday to see firsthand the reality of the Mexican "periphery," where drug violence, gangland-style executions and kidnappings are daily facts of life.

The pontiff is expected to bring a message of hope and solidarity to residents with a Mass featuring readings about not being tempted by the devil — a common exhortation from a pope who frequently invokes the threat of "the evil one."

The Mass is to take place at an outdoor field with an estimated capacity of 400,000, and the pope's choice of Ecatepec for what figures to be his biggest event in Mexico says volumes about his...

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