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Pope Francis to use 5 popemobiles while in Mexico

Pope Francis will be racking up a lot of miles while he visits Mexico, and he will do it in five different popemobiles.

The Mexican Conference of Bishops Sunday reviewed the routes the pope will follow as he travels in each city. Officials said two popemobiles arrived from the United States and are stored at the presidential hangar, watched by the presidential guard.

Three more are in the design phase.

During the news conference, officials went over the distance Pope Francis will log at each city.

Except for Mexico City, where the pontiff will travel 138 miles to go from the airport to the cathedral, the Basilica of Guadalupe, the presidential palace and a hospital, the pope will travel the most miles while in Ciudad Juarez.

During the 13.35-mile route across the border city, Pope Francis will visit a state prison, meet with business owners and workers, have lunch at the seminary and hold mass at the old fairgrounds right by the border. He will then travel back to the airport in south Juarez.

A spokesman for the Juarez Diocese, Fr. Hesiquio Trevizo, has said the best place to watch the pope up close is by lining the streets and catch a glimpse of him as he passes by.

The diocese hopes 40,000 volunteers will form a human chain to greet the pontiff.

Pope Francis will travel the shortest distance while in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas: 2.6 miles.

The pontiff will visit Mexico from February 12-17.

He will be in Juarez that last day, a Wednesday.

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