Cardinal Rivera praises faithful for not responding to protests with violence


The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, praised the faithful this week for not responding with violence to protests against him by sympathizers of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) last November 18.

“I learned of how you were acting and that at no time did you respond to the violence with violence.  This filled me with glory, it filled me with joy.  The Holy Father also rejoiced at this news,” the cardinal said during Sunday Mass, after returning from the Vatican.

“We cannot continue to feed the spiral of intra-familiar violence nor can we support the models of violence that are spread by the media,” the cardinal said.  He also rejected any kind of policy that would increase poverty, “which is the cause and origin of so much violence.”

Cardinal Rivera also conveyed the greetings of Pope Benedict XVI to the Mexican people. “The Pope sends an affectionate greeting to all of Mexico, but especially to this archdiocese because he knows that we are already preparing for the World Meeting of Families in Mexico in January of 2009,” he said.

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