AMERICA/MEXICO - Evening religious activities suspended in Veracruz due to insecurity and violence, amplified by the media

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 violence   local churches  


Córdoba (Agenzia Fides) - Due to insecurity, in the area of Córdoba, in Veracruz (Mexico) all religious activities that take place in the evening have been suspended, as parents fear that their children will be kidnapped: the decision was made known with a statement by Mgr. Eduardo Patiño Leal, Bishop of Córdoba. The Bishop, reports the note sent to Fides by a local source, asked the authorities "to join efforts, to work and pray for peace and security", because there is fear and distrust in families.
The Bishop's request is motivated by the innumerable reports of violent attacks that take place in the Mexican territory. The last case, which became known to the public only yesterday, happened in Nezahualcóyotl, very close to Mexico City: a child and an adult were killed during a shootout at the entrance of a primary school. The attack was recorded in Las Virgencitas colony, where the Manuel Hinojosa Giles primary school is located. The details are not yet known, but according to a first report by the local police, the shooting began due to a discussion between the man killed and two other men on a motorcycle, which also hit an 8-year-old boy who died.
According to the Mexican press, there is not only the violence of the facts but also what is spread through the media, which sometimes describe the violence with excessive details.
This is why the Catholic Church insists on proposing moments of reflection and study, to stop fear and violence. "As members of the pilgrim Church in Mexico, Catholic Christians cannot ignore the issues that are of vital importance on our country's agenda", said the Archbishop of Monterrey, Mgr. Rogelio Cabrera López in his Message to the community on June 23 on this subject. "It is urgent that Mexicans prepare to give the best of themselves, in the place where our daily life takes place. We do not allow news of the facts, often without real bases, to prevail in the environment. We show how precious we are when we put our gifts at the service of others", concludes Mgr. Cabrera Lopez. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/6/2019)