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  • Charismatic bishop wields Gospel against Caribbean ‘lethal cocktail’ of crime, corruption

    Charismatic bishop wields Gospel against Caribbean ‘lethal cocktail’ of crime, corruption

    Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon was appointed by Pope Francis on Oct. 19 to lead the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, historically a Catholic stronghold in the Caribbean. Gordon’s spiritual roots are in the charismatic movement, specifically a local group born in 1975 called the Living Water Community. He wants to use the Gospel to challenge a “lethal cocktail” of corruption and crime in the region, calling people to give their hearts to Jesus Christ as the foundation for their own lives and the broader society.

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  • El Paso and Ciudad Juarez: Sister cities, worlds apart

    El Paso and Ciudad Juarez: Sister cities, worlds apart

    Increased control of the U.S.-Mexican border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez started in the 1990s to fight the international drug trade, and 9/11 marked a turning point in its militarization. In 2008, corrugated metal fencing was built and cut the binational city in two. Workers lost jobs, and families lost family members. El Paso’s sister city sank into poverty and drug-fueled violence.

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  • Philippine bishops begin prayer vigil to protest deaths in war on drugs

    Philippine bishops begin prayer vigil to protest deaths in war on drugs

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas – outgoing president of the Philippines bishops’ conference – said clergy, politicians and security forces need to repent for complacency, ambition for power and instilling fear rather than respect. Rights groups and local media have reported 7,000-12,000 deaths as a result of police operations and unexplained killings in the 17 months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office after running on a platform to rid the country of criminals.

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