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)
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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 and polarize in many countries.”
Relatives hold pictures during a 2019 news conference in Managua to demand the release of the demonstrators detained during 2018 protests against the government. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)
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The church has faced repression—including attacks on clergy and places of worship and constant surveillance from police outside parishes—as it has tried to pay a mediating role, but has come to be seen by the regime as an opponent.
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Caravans formed regularly in Honduras prior to the pandemic, though Mexico had started deploying its national guard to impede large groups of migrants from transiting the country.
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No sooner had federal forces arrested José Antonio Yépez Ortiz -- a crime boss known as "El Marro" -- than stories surfaced of his supposed generosity with the Catholic Church and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
A videographer is seen in the Blood of Christ Chapel at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, July 31, 2020, after was it destroyed in an arson attack. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)
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A still-unidentified assailant entered the cathedral's Blood of Christ chapel and threw an explosive device. Flames engulfed the chapel, severely charring a 382-year old image of the crucified Christ.
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In Spain where a trial is being held to determine the guilt for the 1989 deaths of the Salvadoran martyrs, an expert witness has said that the killings were "premeditated" and that there was a widespread campaign to discredit the Catholic church prior to the murders.
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Mexico's bishops are calling for civil authorities to "make all possible efforts" to assist the people economically and medically during the pandemic.
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The Catholic Church in Mexico is stepping up efforts to assist people who are suffering from the Coronavirus, poverty, and other social assistance issues.
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Father Ernesto Cardenal, the Nicaraguan poet and revolutionary whose political work earned him a public admonishment from St. John Paul II, died March 1 in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua. He was 95.
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Over the weekend of Feb. 8-9, the government ordered military and police to surround the legislative building, and on Feb. 9, the military forced its way into congressional chambers in a show of force.