- Jul 9, 2020
With the number of coronavirus victims growing throughout Latin America, life for the Catholic Church has also been affected.
Mexico’s bishops pledged to help the people affected by an earthquake in southern Oaxaca state that left at least five dead.
Pope Francis is praying for victims of a powerful earthquake in southern Mexico.
Father Andres Esteban Lopez recently brought hundreds of “detentes” — small emblems of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — to a Mexico City hospital, where he enters the intensive care units to pray the rosary and visit patients with COVID-19.
Latin America is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Brazil leading in cases and deaths, followed by Peru. The region has reported nearly 1 million cases and some 50,000 deaths, although officials say the real figures are probably higher.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reaped misery on Mexico, where the economy is cratering and the death toll is soaring. The pandemic is pushing people into poverty and, according to Catholics working in charitable causes, provoking problems like hunger, mental health issues and an upswing in vices such as domestic violence.