- Apr 5, 2020
An Irish bishop has offered to mediate between feuding criminal gangs in Drogheda in an effort to end violence that has claimed three lives in six months.
Gang graffiti ascribed to the notorious MS-13 gang was spotted on both Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and the parish school in the New York City borough of Queens, which is in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
A Mexican priest and migrant shelter operator suffered an extortion attempt and, later the same day, a violent robbery at his parish residence.
The Mexican bishops’ conference called for calm and reflection after well-armed members of a drug cartel descended on the city of Culiacan and forced Mexican security forces to release the son of convicted cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as “El Chapo.”
A bishop in Mexico’s heroin-producing heartland is urging the federal government to hold talks with armed groups — including drug cartels — saying many in the illegal drug business are unable to make ends meet and are “seeking an exit.”
A Catholic bishop in Colombia hopes holy water will curb violence in a city struggling with crime and corruption.