Mexico Bishops Meet in Violence-Struck Monterrey

MONTERREY, Mexico, SEPT. 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The bishops of Mexico held their annual formation meeting in Monterrey last week according to schedule. Though the city was the site of a violent, drug-related episode a month ago, the bishops wanted their presence to be a specific sign of solidarity.

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More than 50 people died in Monterrey at the end of August when a casino was set ablaze.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop primate of Mexico, explained in a press conference that the bishops did not wish to suspend or postpone their meeting in the capital city of Nuevo Leon.

“Every year, we bishops have this week of studies scheduled and we did not wish to suspend or postpone it expressly as a sign of support for the city of Monterrey, for the state of Nuevo Leon and especially for the Lord Cardinal Francisco Robles, at this time when they have suffered violence,” said Cardinal Rivera Carrera.

The Mexican prelate added that the bishops are cherishing the hope that levels of violence will drop and no longer affect the citizens’ daily life so much.

“All of us bishops hope that this will end,” he said, “that violence will decrease to humanly acceptable levels, and we wish to fill the people of Monterrey with hope, to tell them that every difficulty can be overcome.”

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