- Jan 17, 2020
A bishop in the Philippines attacked the de-humanizing language being used in the country’s drug war, saying his “heart bleeds when there are Catholics who agree that criminals cannot be reformed.”
The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.
The Bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Mexico denied that Father Germain Muñiz Garcia, who was murdered on a Mexican highway Feb. 5 along with Father Iván Añorve Jaimes, had any connection to organized crime, as the Guerrero State Prosecutor’s Office has recently claimed.
One of two priests shot to death in a road ambush had been photographed earlier holding an assault rifle in the company of armed, masked men, a prosecutor in southern Mexico said Tuesday.
Church leaders in the Philippines warned of more killings after the national police announced it is relaunching the government’s controversial anti-narcotics war.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — For years favela residents throughout Rio de Janeiro have lived side-by-side with drug traffickers, who flock to these very poor mountainside communities confident that police would not go up the steep alleyways to arrest them. Recent government efforts to capture the drug traffickers, however, have