By the CNN Wire Staff
Silao, Mexico (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI led an open-air Mass Sunday before throngs of faithful Catholics in central Mexico.
Cheering onlookers waved balloons, flags and banners as the pope arrived at Bicentennial Park in Mexico's Guanajuato state. Many said they had spent the night camped out, awaiting the pope's arrival.
More than 400,000 people attended the Mass, according to Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.
The pope urged Mexican Catholics to remain true to their faith, and called on the Virgin Mary to "continue accompanying and protecting her beloved Mexican and Latin American children, so that Christ reigns in their lives and helps them to boldly promote peace, harmony, justice and solidarity."
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