Mexico Seeks Apology for Catholic Church’s Role in the Spanish Conquest


Source: The Smithsonian

The history of the Americas is mired in colonial conflict and controversy—and Mexico is no exception.

Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés waged a brutal campaign against the Aztec Empire, conquering the great city of Tenochtitlán and enslaving the majority of the region’s Indigenous inhabitants. By the end of the 16th century, Mexico’s Native population had plummeted from 22 million to 2 million, with European diseases like smallpox, measles and mumps exacting a heavy toll.


Mexico asks Pope Francis for apology for church’s role in Spanish conquest


Source: The Gaurdian

Mexico’s president has written to Pope Francis to ask for an apology for the Catholic church’s role in the oppression of indigenous people in the Spanish conquest 500 years ago.

The request was made in a two-page letter that also asked the Vatican to temporarily return several ancient indigenous manuscripts held in its library, ahead of next year’s 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.


Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City as holiday expands

photo of woman wearing traditional dress
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10/29/19 – AP News

By Amy Guthrie

Thousands of Mexicans took to the streets of the capital to dance beside giant skulls and skeletons Sunday as Mexico City rolled out its fourth edition of a Day of the Dead parade inspired by Hollywood, part of an ever-expanding menu of festivities for the holiday.

The city once again borrowed props from the opening scene of the 2015 James Bond film, “Spectre,” in which Daniel Craig’s title character dons a skull mask as he makes his way through a crowd of revelers. Festivities in the capital have expanded in recent years to capitalize on growing interest in the holiday, with temporary art installations in public spaces and colorful weekend events. Yet another elaborate parade is scheduled to traverse the city’s iconic Reforma boulevard on Nov. 2, All Souls Day.

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Catholic Church launches environment network for Mesoamerica

Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
Reuters/Tony Gentile

10/04/19 – AP News

The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico and six Central American countries have launched a network to coordinate efforts to benefit the environment and indigenous people in the region.

The Vatican’s information service says that “like the Amazon, the Mesoamerican biological corridor is a devastated territory and threatened by state concessions to transnational corporations.”

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Shooting at Mexico Ex-Cardinal’s Home Leaves Guard Dead

10/22/2018 – The New York Times


The Associated Press

A shooting at the Mexico City home of retired Cardinal Norberto Rivera has left an auxiliary police officer dead.

The Episcopal Conference of Mexico says in a statement that the guard received a “mortal wound” in Sunday’s incident. The Mexico City prosecutor’s office says it is investigating.

Local media reported the shooting was presumably an attempted robbery. Two assailants apparently pretending to be delivering a package rang the doorbell, and the guard was shot in a struggle after he opened up.

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3rd priest in a week found dead in Mexico

04/26/2018 The Washington Post

catholic mexicoA Roman Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in central Mexico.

Prosecutors in Morelos state said a relative identified the body of Rev. Moises Fabila Reyes, 83. He appears to have died of a heart attack and is the third priest killed or to have died under suspicious circumstances in Mexico in a week.

The prosecutors’ office said Thursday that relatives had reported that Fabila Reyes was missing to federal anti-kidnapping prosecutors in Mexico City.

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Why are so many priests in Mexico being murdered?

04/24/2018 USA Today

The murders of two more priests in Mexico in the last week raise questions over why church leaders in this devoutly Catholic country are increasingly being abducted, tortured and killed.

Mexico is now considered to be the most dangerous country to be a priest, according to the Catholic news agency Crux Now.

The Rev. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia became the 23rd church leader killed in a string of violent attacks since 2012 and the fourth priest murdered in Mexico this year. He was shot down in his parish on Friday night as he listened to confession in the western state of Jalisco.

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Truce With Criminal Groups Pits Bishop Against Mexico Government

04/05/2018 Insight Crime

churchThe refusal of Mexico’s government to recognize agreements between a Catholic bishop and organized crime groups regarding electoral violence in the state of Guerrero has revealed a disconnect between official policy and the current reality on the ground in some remote areas of the country.

After more than two years of outreach, dialogues between Bishop Salvador Rangel and local organized crime leaders in Guerrero started to solidify in February. The religious leader was seeking to halt political violence that has left two priests dead this month.

In an interview with Spain’s El País, Rangel said he decided to open talks with the criminal groups to put an end to assassinations of political candidates.

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