Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, left, places a Mexican sombrero on the head of Pope Benedict XVI upon his arrival for Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico, on Sunday. (AP)

“I’ve made a lot of trips, but I’ve never been welcomed with such enthusiasm,” he said Sunday. “Now I can understand why Pope John Paul II used to say, ‘I feel like I’m a Mexican pope.’”

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View Photo Gallery: Pope Benedict XVI will be in Mexico through March 26. This is his first trip to the country, and it will be followed by a visit to Cuba.