Bishops of Mexico release security guide in response to rising crime

Advice includes details about how to handle travel, making a withdrawal from an ATM, and what to do if you are kidnapped, robbed, threatened, or extorted

As increased levels of violence in Mexico continue, the Mexican Bishops Conference has published a protocol guide to help prevent crimes against priests, religious and faithful in the country. The protocols are not intended to hinder “the pastoral activity of bishops, nuns and lay people, but to [help them] do it in the safest possible way,” said Bishop Alfonso Miranda … [Read more...]

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“This is not a war zone”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins fellow bishops with dioceses along U.S.-Mexico border in statement regarding deployment of National Guard

In response to announcements regarding deploying the U.S. National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S.-Mexico Border, including San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, issued the following statement:  “We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the … [Read more...]

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Baja California woman faces prison for alleged abortion

Ensenada woman reported to authorities by physicians who treated her

A young Ensenada woman faces up to five years in prison after physicians at the city’s general hospital reported her to authorities for allegedly using pills to provoke an abortion. Abortion remains illegal in Baja California except in cases of rape, an illness that would put the mother’s life at risk, artificial insemination performed without a woman’s consent, or if the … [Read more...]

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Catholic youth volunteers beaten, raped and shot while delivering earthquake aid in Mexico

Aid coming from San Diego put on hold

Members of a Catholic youth group were reportedly beaten, raped and shot while they were bringing aid to earthquake victims in south Mexico. The volunteers, who were delivering food and relief aid to communities affected by the earthquakes in Oaxaca on Tuesday morning, were intercepted by unidentified gunmen who shot up their cars. The assailants reportedly raped one of the … [Read more...]

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California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

One would require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises, another would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways. The CCC is supporting Senate Bill 54 (SB … [Read more...]

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Massive image of Our Lady of Guadalupe painted on side of Riverside County church

Church members think it’s one of the biggest images of the Virgin of Guadalupe in California

The vibrant, 35-foot-tall mural has caused passersby to stop, cross themselves, and take pictures of the massive image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, painted on the side of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the Home Gardens community between Riverside and Corona. It’s been two weeks in the making, and Mexican artist Antonio Martínez Guzmán, on Thursday, Feb. 2, was painting the … [Read more...]

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Another priest killed in Mexico

Fifteen priests have been murdered in Mexico in less than four years

The following comes from a September 26 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found. Fr. López Guillén, pastor of Janamuato in Mexico’s central state of Michoacan, was … [Read more...]

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Mexican government in greatest clash with Church since persecution that ignited Cristero War

President Enrique Peña Nieto trying to impose gay marriage on country

The following comes from an August 25 LifeSite News article by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman: The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent … [Read more...]

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Archbishop at US-Mexico border: we need to tear down walls

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón hopes Donald Trump changes his mind

The following comes from an August 12 Catholic World News article: The new archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico, visited the US-Mexican border on August 11, leaned on the border fence, and said, “We need to build bridges, and tear down walls.” Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón also said that he hoped that US presidential candidate Donald Trump “will always have people near him … [Read more...]

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Last known Cristero soldier in Mexico dies at 103

Juan Daniel Macías Villegas began fighting against anti-Catholic persecution when he was thirteen

The following comes from a March 11 Catholic News Agency article by Diego Lopez Marina: The last known surviving soldier of the Cristero War, Juan Daniel Macías Villegas, died last month in his home town of San Julián, Mexico. He was 103 years old. Mexican photojournalist Alejandro Moreno Merino told CNA that the funeral rites for Macías took place at San José church, … [Read more...]

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