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The funeral of Alejo Naborí, one of the three priests murdered in Mexico this year

2016 Deadliest Year for Catholic Priests in Mexico

...Mexico remains the most dangerous country in the world for Catholic priests, according to a report from the Catholic Church that calls out the government for its lack of...
El Salvador Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas

Catholic Church Appears Split on El Salvador Gang Truce

...Contradicting statements by two high-ranking clergy members illustrate an apparent rift in the Catholic Church about whether to support El Salvador’s latest possible gang truce. In a press conference...
El Salvador Catholic Bishop Fabio Colindres

El Salvador Catholic Church: Pawn or Player in Gang Truce?

...top level Catholic Church officials had already told the government representatives that they wanted nothing to do with the talks. Colindres’ decision to participate in the controversial gang truce...
Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez

El Salvador’s Catholic Church Talks of ‘Dialogue’ With Gangs

...Representatives of the Catholic Church have opened dialogue with gang leaders in El Salvador, which could point to a wider swath of Church leaders willing to support talks than...

The Church’s Ambiguous Role in Mexico Drug Violence

...the Catholic Multimedia Center (CCM), the official news agency for Mexico’s Catholic community, 13 priests have been killed by criminal gangs since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006....
A follower of the Santa Muerte cult

Inside a Mass for Mexico’s ‘Santa Muerte’

...Muerte grants special favors, others see nothing more than a cult that attracts criminals looking for spiritual protection outside the Catholic Church.  In front of a statue standing some...

Mexico Church Hierarchy Takes Tepid Stance Amidst Violence

...Roman Catholic prelates in Michoacan state at last have drawn a line against local gangsters, and the officials nurturing them, further entangling what already was one of Mexico’s more...
Gangs in El Salvador and Honduras are different

5 Differences Between El Salvador, Honduras Gang Truces

...Local governments, the international community, and the Catholic Church have played key roles in fostering the efforts to forge the truces, which have had the greatest single impact on...
A body being uncovered at a mass graves site

Mass Graves Burying the Truth about El Salvador Gang Truce

...David Munguia Payes, the ex-security minister and current Defense Minister, and the Catholic Bishop Fabio Colindres, who plays the role of chief legitimate promoter — seem to be coming from...
The church belonging to alleged drug trafficker "Gringo"

A Look at Paraguay’s Narco-Churches

...in and follow the rules of the Catholic Church often have ulterior motives for practicing their faith, says one expert. “They [drug traffickers] are mostly looking for divine protection...

Truce With Criminal Groups Pits Bishop Against Mexico Government

...The refusal of Mexico’s government to recognize agreements between a Catholic bishop and organized crime groups regarding electoral violence in the state of Guerrero has revealed a disconnect between...

Ecuador ‘Legalizes’ Gangs and Slashes Murder Rate

...also works at a private university, the Catholic University of Quito (Universidad Católica de Quito), and even has his own office. He no longer wears baggy pants, although he...