Mexico, traditionally the feud of the Catholic Church in Latin America, is getting ready for the fith visit of Pope John Paul II.
8 million pilgrims are expected to gather around the Basilica grounds where the Pontiff will conduct the cannonisation of the first Mexican Indian, Juan Diego, on the 31st of July.
But not everybody feels included in the celebration.
The Church is widely discredited for recent scandals of sex priest abuse - such as the reported cases of paedofilia and rapes of nuns - and Mexico´s gay community says to have felt the consequences.
At the Metropolitan Community Church in Mexico City, a small community wants to include the outcasts from conventional christianity.
They accept everybody, homosexual and hetorosexual, who feels discriminated by traditional Catholic and Evangelists churches.
But they admit, their cult is a mix of both rituals in an attempt to appeal to the widest audience possible.
Conservative groups within the Catholic Church want to expel gay priests.
According to Rev. Jorge Sosa, they have been asked in many occassions to allow priests - relieved of their duties within the Catholic Church due to paedofilia accusations - to accept them, but, he says the community has refused.
Here in Mexico City, this unconventional church has a limited bunch of regular faithfull.
Around 100 people attend services on Sundays regularly.
Gay attitudes are not easily accepted in this very traditional, Catholic and highly "macho" society.
Miguel, a declared homosexual, started coming to the church in 1993.. After a lapse of three years, he returned to it in 1998.
On March 2001, he got "married" to his partner Luis Alvarez at the church.
Miguel is a fervent activist for gay rights and he also actively participates in the religious services of the church.
So is his partner Luis.
The weddings here are called "Holy Unions".
The church is not not registered at the Ministry of the Interior and it survives thanks to private donations.
The first Metropolitan Community Church was born on Oct. 6 1968 in California, U-S, with a mission to minister to lesbians and gay men.
Its founder, Reverend Troy Perry, was a pastor for the Church of God until he was excommunicated for homosexuality.
There are over two hundred congregations in nine countries, it is the largest organization in the world ministering to gay people.