The Bishop of Querétaro, Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez, confirmed that Pope Francis announced that he will not be visiting Querétaro state. Nevertheless, he sent blessings to all inhabitants of Querétaro, exhorting them to “live the life of saints”.
This was communicated last week during the meeting between Queretaro’s municipal authorities and the Diocese of Querétaro with the Holy Father in order to celebrate “Christmas in the Vatican” at the invitation of the Holy See.
The Bishop added that he also asked Pope Francis about the possible canonization of Fray Junípero Serra, an important saint for Queretaro, since he spent nine years in the “Sierra Gorda Queretana” as a missionary during the eighteenth century.
Armendáriz Jiménez said that a church will be built in the city of Queretaro, in honor of this holy man.
On this regard, the Governor of the state, Francisco Domínguez Servién, commented that: “during his trip to the Vatican, the Pope reiterated his negative response, as he personally witnessed when the Bishop invited him to visit Queretaro.
Domínguez Servién stated: “this year, Querétaro represents Mexico in the “Christmas in the Vatican”, where artisans. dancers and huapangueros from different municipalities of the state are being exhibited”.
The governor added: “in addition to the Pope’s blessing for all the people of Queretaro, this visit leaves an important tourist promotion for our beautiful state”.
This year, Querétaro was as a special guest during the “Mexican Christmas” at the Vatican, featuring a cultural and gastronomical exhibition, along with tourism information services.
Bishop Faustino Armendariz, concluded saying that Francis’ textual words, as he was invited to visit the state of Queretaro were: ‘my successor will go‘.