Church in Mexico Reaches Out to Victims of Violence

Prelates Call on State and Society to Do More

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MEXICO CITY, AUG. 29, 2012 ( The Catholic bishops’ commission for social work in Mexico organized a workshop on ways to help victims of violence.

Representatives from a number of dioceses attended the meeting, which was held last week.

From the point of view of the Church both the state and society need to do their part to reduce violence, declared Archbishop Carlos Garfias Melos of Acapulco. Mexico’s bishops, he explained, are doing what they can to deal with this grave situation of violence.

The Church’ efforts are directed not only towards the victims of violence, but also include an effort to build peace and bring about reconciliation.

Dialogue is needed, the archbishop declared, in order to put an end to the conflicts and to bring about justice and peace.

Mexico continues to struggle against violence in their “war on drugs,” under way since 2007. The death toll from the war is nearing the 50,000 mark.

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