Pope Francis Entreats Mexico’s Youth to Resist Call of Drug Cartels

2/16/2016 New York Times

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MORELIA, Mexico — Pope Francis delivered his most searing indictment of the Mexican underworld Tuesday, encouraging the nation’s youth to value themselves and resist the temptation to join forces with “criminal organizations that sow terror.”

Since his arrival Friday, Francis has made no secret of his desire to challenge the drug syndicates that have corroded Mexican life for decades. He commanded bishops to be more proactive in facing down the scourge of narcotics and denounced gangs as dealers of death.

On Tuesday, in the cartel bastion of Michoacán, he mounted his most full-throated assault, imploring young people not to lose faith and become the “mercenaries of other people’s ambitions.”

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