Mexico

J.D. Long-García October 30, 2020
For those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, celebrations will not be the same this year. But they will still remember the souls who have passed on to new life.
Police tape borders a crime scene in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in January 2018. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzales, Reuters)
Jan-Albert Hootsen October 21, 2020
In Mexico, where both organized and petty crime has exploded to unprecedented levels, vigilante justice has become increasingly common; citizens who gun down assailants during robbery attempts often make headlines as heroes.
Pope Francis meets with Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, wife of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 10, 2020. The president's wife delivered a letter from the president asking Pope Francis to apologize for the church's role in the Spanish colonization of the Americas. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Amid the tensions in Mexico — which include the president’s opponents camping out in the heart of the capital — the Archdiocese of Mexico City published an editorial Oct. 11, saying, “It appears the pope is speaking directly to Mexico when he says politics is being used as a mechanism to exasperate
"Pandemics and disasters are like springtime for phony priests," said Rodolfo Soriano-Núñez, a sociologist who studies the Mexican church.
Xiomara Martinez, pictured here with her two children, both U.S. citizens, and her brother, Sergio, traveled to Nogales, Sonora. They have been waiting to petition for asylum for six months. (J.D. Long-García)
J.D. Long-García September 27, 2020
“Asylum on the border is pretty much impossible,” a legal advocate with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, said. “Covid is being used as an excuse to close the border.”
Sister Norma Pimentel says that migrants that come for help ask for safety as well as sustenance.