“Tomorrow, 24 August, is the tenth anniversary of the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, in Tamaulipas, Mexico,” Pope Francis recalled August 23, 2020. “They were people from various countries who were looking for a better life. I express my solidarity with the families of the victims who today are still asking for truth and justice regarding the events. The Lord will hold us to account for all of the migrants who have fallen on their journey of Hope. They were victims of the throwaway culture.”
The Holy Father’s comments came after praying the noonday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Their numbers are limited due to the pandemic.
The undocumented migrants—52 men and 14 women—were killed by the Los Zetas drug cartel in the village of El Huizachal, recalled Vatican News. Their bodies were buried in a mass grave on a ranch and were later discovered by the Mexican military.