Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
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Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass with 300,000 Catholic faithful in a crime-plagued Mexican city on Sunday, urging them to create a country free of emigration and "merchants of death".The pontiff used the service in Ecatepec, a rough Mexico City suburb, to touch on two major themes of his trip to Mexico -- drug violence and the plight of migrants.The city lies in the populous state of Mexico, where some 600 women have been killed between January 2014 and September 2015, according to the non-governmental National Citizen Observatory of Femicides.Francis has chosen to visit some of Mexico's most troubled regions during his five-day trip to the world's second most populous Catholic country.On Tuesday, he heads to the capital of Michoacan, a western state scarred by drug cartel violence.The pope caps his trip in Mexico's former murder capital, Ciudad Juarez, for a mass that will straddle the US-Mexico border to highlight the plight of migrants.
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