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Mexican cardinal: Church must speak out against drug cartels

April 14, 2010

A Mexican cardinal has underlined the determination of Church leaders to fight against drug traffickers. Cardinal Francisco Robles Berlanga of Monterrey said that while civil officials have the primary duty to combat the drug trade, "we cannot escape our responsibility as a Church." He explained that the role of the Church is to stress the dignity of the human person, thereby countering the appeal of illegal drugs and organized crime. The cardinal's statement comes at a time when competing drug cartels have engaged in a series of violent assaults on their rivals, leaving more than 80 people dead.


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