Church in Mexico Decries Latest Violence

More Than 50 Die in Monterrey Casino Set Ablaze

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MONTERREY, Mexico, AUG. 26, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The bishops of Mexico are condemning yet another drug-related act of violence, this time in Monterrey.

Armed men set fire to a casino late Thursday, killing at least 52. The attack has been one of the deadliest in Mexico’s war on drugs.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera condemned the violence. “We are talking about innocent people of civil society in addition to the large number of victims of cruelty and viciousness of organized crime, which like a whip punishes our poor country,” he said in a statement reported by Fides.

The Church has several times raised her voice against the violence that is plaguing Mexico and the continuing threats of armed groups. 

Church officials have recently highlighted the precarious situation of priests

According to Manuel Corral, secretary for public relations for the Mexican Episcopal Conference, at least 1,000 of the 15,000 priests in Mexico have been threatened indirectly, and at least 300 directly.

President Felipe Calderón declared three days of national mourning today.

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