TO SEE 1:18 Video Report
Enthusiasm for Pope Benedict 16's first visit to Mexico...surged after his arrival in Leon...as crowds lined the 32 km/20 mile route from the airport to the city centre.
An estimated 300,000 are expected to attend a mass there...protected by over 30,000 troops and federal police.
One resident said: "Everyone has a different reason for being here. I hope to become a better person. I hope that we stop shooting each other."