Mass to be Held in Capital Plaza
MEXICO CITY -- Roman Catholic leaders are planning an unprecedented
Mass next month in Mexico City's central plaza as part of a campaign to affirm
church rights in Mexico that have been restricted for more than a century.
The Mass will be celebrated May 6 at the entrance of the Metropolitan
with the crowd expected to spill across the plaza known as the Zocalo. Church
officials found no record of a Mass or religious procession in the Zocalo over the
past 140 years.
The Mass is in conjunction with the National Eucharistic Congress,
which is is expected to set guidelines for church policy in Mexico for the coming
decades. The church has been restricted in Mexico since constitutional reforms
in 1857-58 stripped it of many properties and rights. The restrictions were
tightened with the post-revolutionary constitution of 1917. The government in 1991
reformed the constitution to ease limits on worship.