New forms of persecution

In Mexico, 26 priests have been murdered in the last six years -- most for interfering with organized crime and drug trafficking

Mexico City cathedral. (Credit: Diego Grandi/Shutterstock.)

With 26 priests murdered in the last six years, Mexico received a prominent mention in the 2018 Report on Religious Freedom in the World, recently published by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Julieta Appendini, ACN’s director in Mexico, explained that although the country is not experiencing “a persecution such as in the Middle East,” where religious minorities are being killed, they are instead seeing “new forms of persecution.”

The majority of the murders of priests are due to them “getting in the way” of organized crime and drug trafficking, since the priests “provide stability to society,” Appendini told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language sister agency.

She added that confrontations between Catholics and Protestants in southern Mexico are also recorded in the ACN report, as well as cases of looting churches and extortion.

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Comments

  1. http://mike%20m says

    I find the last paragraph unclear. If Catholic-Protestant issues in southern Mexico or other problems resulted in priests murders, the author could have specified how many murders were the result of each issue.

    • http://Steve%20Seitz says

      mike m,
      My understanding of the article was that there were only confrontations in southern Mexico: No homicides.

  2. http://William says

    The atrocities will not cease until the coming of the Christ. However, the warring of Protestant and Catholic is shameful and a disgrace to the Most Holy name of Jesus.

    +William

  3. http://Hymie says

    Decriminalize drugs and you end the drug trade. Saves lives, saves money.

  4. Let’s be diligent on praying

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