Deportes – Mexico beat Panama 1-0 in men’s U23 Olympic Soccer qualifiers. Undefeated in three Group B games, Mexico outscored opponents 11-1. Mexico faces Group A runner up, Canada, on Saturday. A victory on Sunday earns Mexico a ticket to London 2012.
In unrelated sporting news, Mexico City is considering a bullfighting ban.
Religion – The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that 640,000 people attended the mass given by Pope Benedict XVI in Silao, Guanajato. Despite the enormous turnout, the pontiff addressed the issue of “weariness” of faith in Latin America and the Vatican’s need for evangelism in Latin America. All four of Mexico’s presidential candidates attended the mass.
Politics – Speaking of elections, Mexico’s presidential election campaign has taken a strange turn, even before it officially starts on Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports that a leaked recording of a telephone call allegedly contains the voice of the National Action Party’s (PAN) candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota accusing the federal government of monitoring her telephone but ignoring that of the world’s most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman. Accusations of protecting Guzman have been leveled at current president, Felipe Calderon, who is also a member of PAN, and adding a voice from within his own party does not bode well for PAN or for Vazquez Mota’s capaign.