As tensions at the U.S.-Mexico border continue to mount, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz successfully shepherded a group of migrants who had previously been denied asylum in the United States across the border on Thursday, describing their plight as “an affront to human rights and human dignity.”
The directors of Catholic-operated migrant shelters rejected a portrayal by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that they mismanaged government money, saying they survived on donations and the good will of generous individuals.
More than a war chronicle, “Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico” dissects the religious, social and political aspects of Mexico’s anti-Catholic history.
he Mexican bishops’ conference questioned the details of a deal in which Mexico will strengthen security along its southern border with Guatemala and impede the path of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and food insecurity.
While the separation of families is the issue on the front cover of the newspapers, there is another drama taking place in theses towns near the border. For many years, people on both sides of the border formed a large interconnected community. Close to 85 percent of the McAllen population is Hispanic and there are many families that have lived here for decades without proper documents.
“¡A la bio, a la bao, a la bin bon ban!” was the chant as the people of Tlapanalá, a city in the state of Puebla, Mexico, received Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio with traditional Mexican cheers, flower petals and plenty of confetti when he visited the town on Tuesday, April 17.
Yet another Mexican Catholic priest has been murdered in his parish – the second such lethal attack against clergy in the country in less than a week.
The Mexican bishops’ conference criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good.”
A pair of passion plays were interrupted by gunfire on Good Friday as the violence convulsing Mexico continued claiming lives through the Holy Week holidays.
The bishop of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, has expressed alarm after two church explosions within four days.