Posted: Mar 23, 2012 8:20 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2012 7:24 PM
Pope Benedict XVI told reporters the love of money is destroying Mexico.
Pope Benedict denounced the drug-fueled violence going on just south of the Valley in Mexico. The pope spoke to reporters after breakfast. He was on board a flight heading to Mexico when he said those words.
The pope is set to visit Mexico for the first time. He will also wrap up the week-long trip in Cuba. During the flight, the pope told reporters the love of money is at the root of the violence going on across Mexico.
The drug war has claimed nearly 50,000 lives since 2006. That's when the Mexican government started trying to uproot the cartels and the drug trade.
Catholicism is a major religion in Mexico. Ahead of the pope's visit, it's been widely reported that some cartels posted banners calling for peace during the pontiff's visit.