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Mexican bishops lament culture of violence

Catholic World News - February 18, 2010

The Mexican bishops’ conference has issued a 116-page pastoral exhortation denouncing the increasing violence in Mexican society.

In the document-- entitled “So That in Christ, Our Peace, Mexico May Have a Decent Life” and released February 15-- the bishops lamented “the blood that has been shed: the blood of the children aborted, the blood of murdered women; the anguish of victims of kidnappings, assaults, and extortions; the losses of those who have fallen in confrontation between [armed] bands, who have died facing the criminal power …or have been executed with cruelty.”

The bishops also criticized aspects of the government’s war on drug cartels. “The participation of the armed forces in the fight against organized crime has created uncertainty in the population,” they said. “The armed forces have the obligation to respect human rights.”

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