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Mexican bishops call for end to violence in Michoacan
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.- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Morelia in Mexico have called for an end to the violence that has plagued the region. They have also implored Mexicans in the area to participate in the Triduum of Prayer for peace July 23 to 25.
 
“As disciples of Jesus Christ and as pastors of the People of God, we cannot remain silent or indifferent.  It is time to raise our voices and ask in the name of God: Enough death! Nobody can escape divine judgment and each one will have render and account for his actions.  We call on those involved in violence to heed the voice of God who calls us to life and to peace,” the bishops said in a statement.
 
They went on to express their sorrow over the wave of violence that has spread across the region and they noted that residents live in an atmosphere of uncertainty and anguish because they feel defenseless. “There are places becoming ghost towns because the lack of security,” the bishops warned.
 
For this reason the bishops have called for a Triduum of Prayer July 23—25. It will include Holy Hours, Stations of the Cross and the Rosary.  They also suggested using prayers for Reconciliation during the Mass when permitted by the liturgical calendar and to pray for peace each afternoon at 3 p.m.
 
“We must humbly and persistently implore the God of mercy to take pity on us and grant us peace.  With the strength of prayer let us struggle to overcome evil with the force of good,” the bishops said, urging that all Mexicans work to “re-establish public order in peace and justice.”

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