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Pope Francis Asks If He'll Be Greeted With Tequila In Mexico

Truly a man of the people.

With a visit to Mexico right around the corner, Pope Francis had a simple question for a Mexican monsignor he encountered in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square on New Year's Day:

Are the Mexican people planning to greet him with tequila?

Pope Francis laughs during a private audience with the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Vatican.
Pope Francis laughs during a private audience with the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Vatican.

During the short exchange, which was captured on video and posted to social media, the enthusiastic Mexican priest, Carlos Alberto Cardona, greets the pope by yelling, "Pope! We are waiting for you in Mexico! ... You are welcome in February, in Mexico!"

"With tequila or without tequila?" the pontiff replies with a smile.

"With a lot of tequila!" Cardona reassures Pope Francis, before asking him for his blessing.

Just in case the Argentinian pope hadn't already won your heart:

While Pope Francis favors "austere" meals, he has been known to enjoy a glass of wine on occasion, according to Bon Appétit. Not surprising when you consider tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per person -- an average 98 bottles per year -- than any other country.

As "the people's pope," it seems only polite that the Holy Father would partake in Mexico's national drink during his visit.

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