Pope Francis says Jesus would never want them to become hit men. Julie Noce reports.
Pope Francis continued his message of hope during an address to young people in Mexico's gang-infested Michoacan state. Widespread kidnapping, drug trafficking, and extortion by gangs have sparked an uprising by vigilante groups. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING: "Jesus is who gives us hope. He's never wanted us to be hit men. He calls us disciples, he calls us friends. Jesus has never sent us to the edge, everything with him is an invitation to life, a life in a family, a life in a community, a life in a family and in a community for society." Earlier in the day, Francis visited the state's 17th century baroque cathedral where he was greeted by crowds wielding smart phones. Here, he spoke to children preparing for the First Communion. Back at the Vatican's Mexico City nunciature, Francis held an impromptu prayer with a group of sick and elderly people in the crowd. Francis is next scheduled to visit the border town of Ciudad Juarez where he will visit a prison and give mass. As many as 200,000 Catholics are expected to cross the border from El Paso,Texas into Mexico to see the pope.