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Las Cruces Bishop to represent US during pope’s Mexico visit

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu will represent U.S. Catholic bishops during the pope’s historical visit to Mexico.

KVIA-TV reports ( that Cantu will be one of two bishops from the U.S. and will accompany Pope Francis in Mexico from Friday to Wednesday.

Cantu and Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas received the appointment from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.

Cantu says he expects the pope to touch on immigration.

Pope Francis is slated to finish his Mexico trip with the open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium in Ciudad Juarez. That city located on Mexico’s northern border across from El Paso, Texas.