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Mexican cleric: criminals should respect pope trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican archbishop is asking criminals not to hurt people traveling to see Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to the country.

Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago says he is confident that drug-cartel members will respect his call Sunday not to abuse worshippers and cause sorrow and death. He oversees the diocese of Leon, which the pope will visit.

Martin Rabago told reporters that the pope's trip will bring "times of peace and grace." The pope will arrive in Leon on March 23. The area has not seen the levels of drug violence other states have, but has seen some attacks on highways, which Martin Rabago mentioned in his comments.

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