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People walk by the entrance of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 22, 2024. Eight people, including six nuns, were kidnapped Jan. 19 in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, according to the country's association of religious orders, amid an ongoing upswing in abductions.

Abducted Haitian nuns released amid ongoing gang violence 

Jan 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The release of the six religious sisters, along with their two drivers, was confirmed to Vatican News by Archbishop Max... Read more

Police officers stand guard outside the City Hall building in Quito on Jan. 10, 2024, as Ecuador remains in a state of emergency following the escape from prison of a dangerous narco boss.

Ecuador: Gang violence will not prevail, bishops say

Jan 10, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a Jan. 9 message, the bishops of Ecuador said that “organized crime is sowing, in the day to day... Read more

Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez of Chiapas, Mexico, with a message of peace.

Church warns that southern Mexico is ‘torn by violence’

Sep 26, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Sept. 23 videos that went viral on social media show a convoy of pickup trucks driving through the streets of... Read more

Reconstruction of the church of Santa Anita in the Tarahumara mountain range in northern Mexico.

Parishioners begin to repair church riddled with bullets in Mexico

Aug 24, 2023

By Diego López Colín

Fighting between organized crime members in June caused serious damage to both outside and inside the village church in Santa... Read more

Members of the Military Police of Public Order (PMOP) take control of the Women's Social Adaptation Center (CEFAS) prison in Tamara, 25 km north of Tegucigalpa, on June 26, 2023. The government announced last week that military police would assume control of Honduras's 21 prisons for a period of one year starting July 1, as well as train 2,000 new prison guards after a vicious battle between rival gangs left at least 46 women dead in a prison near the capital Tegucigalpa.

UPDATE: Details emerge on Honduras prison fight that left more than 40 women inmates dead

Jun 28, 2023

By CNA Staff

The massacre was carried out by women belonging to the “Barrio 18” gang against members of “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13). Read more

Relatives of inmates of the Women's Center for Social Adaptation (CEFAS) prison cry outside the detention center after a fire following a brawl between inmates in Tamara, some 25 kilometers from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on June 20, 2023.

Church demands answers after at least 48 die in gang fight in Honduran women’s prison

Jun 26, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

According to local authorities, on June 20 there was a confrontation between rival gangs inside the prison that unleashed a... Read more

Sacred images that were damaged by bullets in the church in Santa Anita were placed at the foot of the altar of the cathedral in Guachochi.

Priest calls to conversion criminals who shot up church in Mexico

Jun 9, 2023

By David Ramos

The confrontation caused destruction both outside and inside the church, with images of Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Anne... Read more

Interior of the Church of Santa Anita in Mexico after the gang confrontation.

Priest in Mexico saves 3 children after gang violence leaves one dead, church shot up

Jun 7, 2023

By David Ramos

The violence occurred in a town fewer than 125 miles south of Cerocahui, where almost a year ago two Jesuit... Read more

Members of Actívate (Get Active) deliver more than 33,000 signatures to the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the attorney general’s office Aug. 24, 2022, demanding justice for two Jesuit priests murdered in June.

More than 33,000 signatures presented to Mexican authorities demanding justice for slain priests

Aug 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Mexican platform Actívate (Get Active) on Aug. 24 delivered the signatures to the Ministry of the Interior and the... Read more

Pilgrims from Mexico at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 21, 2016.

Mexico’s fifth Walk for Peace draws 40,000 participants

Jun 3, 2019

On Saturday, an estimated 40,000 people attended the fifth Walk for Peace in Mexico, organized by the Diocese of Cuernavaca,... Read more