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Drug trafficking is an educational problem, says Mexican cardinal

.- During his homily on Sunday at the archdiocesan cathedral, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said drug trafficking is not the result of a problem of the executive, legislative or judicial powers, but rather with “education in Mexico.” The cardinal said the trafficking and consumption of drugs is an educational problem in Mexico, “because all of these people who take them have gone through the educational system.”

He also recalled that drug trafficking is an evil that is causing society much harm and that before, “drugs were just passed through (Mexico); now, they stay here to be consumed.”

The cardinal warned drug traffickers who claim to be Catholic that they are destroying lives with their illegal activity, and he called on them to repent and leave behind the road that “leads to the destruction of families and of society itself.”

He criticized the media for portraying violence as strength, and he underscored that the seeking of vengeance is not for the virtuous but for the weak. “To forgive, to understand, to show sympathy, requires more strength of spirit than giving someone a taste of their own medicine,” he emphasized.

“Life is a not a movie about good and bad people; rather, all of us are bad people who should be good, receiving and practicing the mercy desired by Jesus,” Cardinal Rivera noted.

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