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Mexican bishops protest police raid during Mass

August 05, 2009

Insisting that “Mass is sacred and must be respected,” Mexico’s bishops condemned the federal police raid of a church during Mass on August 1 in order to make a drug-related arrest. The raid took place in the central Mexican state of Michoacan.

“We make an energetic protest against the lack of respect and the violence exercised on the part of the forces,” the bishops said in their August 3 statement. “Nothing explains this kind of action inside a religious place, and much less in these moments where Mexico is noted internationally as an insecure and violent country.”

Although the Mexican government issued an apology, Public Safety Department officials stood by their decision to conduct the raid.

 


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