Gov. Martinez won’t travel to El Paso to hear Pope Francis

Susana Martinez
(AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez won’t be traveling to the city of her birth to see Pope Francis.

A spokesman for Martinez said because the Legislative session was wrapping up this week the governor can’t make time to travel Wednesday to El Paso, Texas for events surrounding the pope.

Ciudad Juarez, on Mexico’s northern border across from El Paso, is the last stop in the pope’s schedule 5-day visit to Mexico.

Pope Francis is slated to finish his Ciudad Juarez trip on Wednesday with the open-air Mass in a large field near Benito Juarez Stadium.

The El Paso Catholic Diocese also is streaming the Papal Mass at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Martinez attended a White House event in September welcoming Pope Francis to the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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