Mexico

The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.
Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (image from campaign website)
Jan-Albert Hootsen February 01, 2018
Opponents say that leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador is Putin’s favored candidate; he is brushing off the accusations of Russian interference in Mexico.
Escaping paramilitaries, Tzotzil Mayans in Chiapas have been scattered in small camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán. Photo by Jan-Albert Hootsen.
Jan-Albert Hootsen December 29, 2017
Approximately 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil Mayans have been scattered in small refugee camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán, in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. They say they were chased out of their homes by unknown gunmen after the escalation of an old land dispute.
Mexican soldiers patrol the city of Ciudad Juárez during a visit by then-President Felipe Calderon on Aug. 9, 2011. (iStock/vichinterlang)
Jan-Albert Hootsen December 19, 2017
A new law will formalize the military's role in fighting organized crime, but many would prefer strengthening Mexico’s poorly trained and underpaid police forces.
Ruby Thomas, Jessica Able December 19, 2017
Despite the looming threat of deportation, Mirna continues to look ahead.
Pope Francis swings a censer in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he celebrates Mass on Dec. 12 marking her feast day in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, EPA)
In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the reading from St. Luke's Gospel, in which the angel appears to Mary, informing her that she is with child.