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

10/10/2020

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.

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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
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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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Pope Francis Donates $500,000 to Help Migrants in Mexico

4/29/2019 – Bloomberg

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Vatican City (AP) — Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities.

The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter’s Pence said in a statement.

In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, traveling on foot or with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But they have been blocked at the border with the United States.

In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans.

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Pope to pray for migrants at Mexico-U.S. border, Vatican counters Trump

2/17/2016 Reuters

fence at borderPope Francis heads to the once notorious Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday, a major migrant crossing on the U.S. doorstep where grisly drug violence has killed thousands, to pray for those who risk their lives migrating north.

Once one of the world´s deadliest cities, Ciudad Juarez remains a violent magnet for Mexican, Central American and Asian migrants looking to jump across the U.S. border.

Francis’ visit, and his focus on the plight of migrants who risk murder, rape and extortion in their quest to reach the United States, is a symbolic critique of the anti-immigrant rhetoric of candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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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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Women Journey to Mexico to Put Focus on Immigration during Pope Visit

2/17/16 NBC News

Border fence by couchlearnerFor Guillermina Castellanos, the Pope’s message on compassion for immigrants is personal. Though she and her nine children are U.S. citizens, the California resident said her husband has been living in the U.S. for about 20 years and has not been able to legalize his status. Every time her daughters see a police officer drive up behind them, they’re afraid that their father will get pulled over and get arrested for being undocumented.

I tell them, ‘Don’t be afraid. The cop won’t do anything to your dad,'” Castellanos said. “But they still live with that constant fear.”

The Pope’s trip to the city of Juárez, Mexico on Wednesday is drawing hundreds of thousands of faithful on both sides of the border. But as the eyes of the world descend on the Pontiff’s visit to the area, some U.S. families like Castellanos say they want to ensure that people focus on the Pope’s message of compassion and dignity for immigrants.

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Mexico’s Kingpin Strategy Against the Drug Cartels

2/16/16 New York Times 

mexico-statesPope Francis’ visit to the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán brought new attention to the government’s decade-long effort to break up drug cartels by targeting their leaders. The recent recapture of “El Chapo” — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, perhaps the most notorious cartel king — has been the signature achievement of the strategy, but it has also had other consequences.

A Spike in Violence

Felipe Calderón began the “decapitation” strategy when he became president of Mexico in 2006, and violence shot upward soon after. The tumult was widely viewed as evidence of disruption: a signal that more deadly and unpredictable gangs were competing to fill a vacuum. Kidnapping and extortion became more frequent as smaller gangs looked for profits.

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Border Security Tightens Before Francis’s Visit To Mexico

2/15/16 CBS 

fence at borderEL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) – The task to keep the border in El Paso with Ciudad Juarez safe during Pope Francis’s visit is a massive undertaking described by law enforcement along the border as “unprecedented.”

CBS 11 News was given an exclusive border tour with the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Unit aboard on of their helicopters.

CBP Director of El Paso air operations Rudy Maldonado said, “We’re going to be watching. It’s a matter of us watching things that people don’t even think of.”

Authorities will shut down a seven-mile stretch of border near the Pope’s mass location. They estimate upwards of 1 million people will gather on both sides to try and enjoy a glimpse of the pontiff.

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At Mass, Pope Francis Embraces ‘Misunderstood’ of Mexico

2/16/16 New York Times

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SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Pope Francis came to the highlands of Mexico’s southern frontier on Monday to offer a pastoral embrace to the region’s impoverished indigenous people, expressing shame over discrimination and exploitation and honoring the legacy of a beloved local bishop who once clashed with the Mexican government — and the Vatican.

In visiting the state of Chiapas, a region on the Guatemalan border long synonymous with the struggles and armed rebellions of Mexico’s Mayan communities, Francis presided over an outdoor morning Mass before tens of thousands of people ringed by rugged green mountains. Looking over the crowd, Francis invoked the harsh treatment endured by indigenous people and called for social justice.

“On many occasions, in a systematic and organized way, your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society,” Francis said. “Some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior. Others, intoxicated by power, money and market trends, have stolen your lands or contaminated them.”

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Mexico says six pregnant women infected with Zika

2/16/16 Reuters 

Zika virusMexico has confirmed six pregnant women are infected with the Zika virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 80, the government said.

They are believed to be the first confirmed cases of Zika in pregnant women in Mexico.

More than half of the total cases of Zika and four of the infected women were detected in the poor southern state of Chiapas, a report from the health ministry said late on Monday.

Pope Francis visited Chiapas on Monday, drawing crowds of thousands.

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