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Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega

Cardinal reveals he was detained by drug traffickers in Mexico

Jun 28, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega lamented the current climate of violence in Mexico at a June 26 press conference. Read more

Soldiers patrol in Culiacan on Oct. 18, 2019.

Mexican diocese prays for peace as capture, release of El Chapo's son sparks violence

Oct 18, 2019

Following hours of heavy fighting in a city in Northern Mexico as officials detained and then released the son of... Read more

Buenaventura, Colombia, January 2016.

Colombian bishop to bless entire city to counter violence

Jul 11, 2019

Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya of Buenaventura will perform blessings throughout his cathedral city Saturday, hoping to counter it's extreme... Read more

Cartel battle leaves church looted, bullet-ridden in western Mexico

Mar 30, 2019

A clash between drug trafficking cartels last week left a church pillaged and full of bullet holes in a village... Read more

Confiscated drugs and money in Argentina.

Parish of priest who denounced drug traffickers attacked in Argentina

Sep 26, 2018

Mary Our Queen parish and Paul VI school in Rosario, Argentina, were the target of an attack by criminals apparently... Read more

Colombia drug route battle leaves residents trapped in homes

Apr 26, 2018

Residents of the Catatumbo region of Colombia, which borders Venezuela, are trapped in their own homes due to an ongoing... Read more

Church in Brazil laments tragedy of gang-fueled prison riots

Jan 10, 2017

After nearly 100 inmates died in gang-related riots at prisons in northern Brazil through Jan. 8, Church officials in the... Read more

Body of third priest kidnapped in Mexico found

Sep 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Mexican Bishops at Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, Feb. 13, 2016.

How Pope Francis proposes to fight drug violence in Mexico

Feb 17, 2016

Speaking to laborers in the Mexican City of Juarez on Wednesday, Pope Francis laid out several key areas of focus... Read more

Joaquin Guzman, El Chapo.

Mexican bishop: 'El Chapo' blood money should be returned to community

Jan 14, 2016

Bishop Benjamin Castillo Plascencia of Celaya, Mexico praised the capture of the notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as... Read more

'It's hard to think there was no complicity' – Mexican bishop on 'El Chapo' escape

Jul 15, 2015

Three Mexican bishops have spoken out in recent days about public sector corruption in their nation, highlighting the escape of... Read more

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

May 4, 2015

The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

Vatican: Pope's 'Mexicanization' comment not intended to offend

Feb 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend warning that... Read more

An officer closes the gate of Kerobokan prison in Indonesia, where Myuran Sukuraman and Andrew Chan are jailed, Feb. 10, 2015.

Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia's bishops

Feb 12, 2015

With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope: problem of drug use is not solved by other drugs

Jun 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a message for an international conference on enforcing drug laws, Pope Francis denounced the trend of offering addicts narcotics... Read more

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Mexican bishops call for solution amid Michoacan violence

Jan 24, 2014

The Mexican bishops called on government leaders to find a comprehensive solution to the violence that is afflicting the country,... Read more

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Mexico grateful for Church help in weapons surrender program

Jan 14, 2013

Mexico's federal district thanked the Archdiocese of Mexico City for its help in a weapons surrender program which took place... Read more

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Mexican cardinal warns of immigrants forced to transport drugs

Dec 17, 2012

A retired Mexican cardinal warned that drug traffickers are leveling death threats against immigrants from Central America to recruit them... Read more

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Peruvian archbishop condemns rise in terrorism, drug trafficking

Sep 25, 2012

Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura urged Peruvians to pray for the Virgin Mary's intercession, as drug trafficking and terrorism... Read more