- Jul 25, 2021
Pope Francis sent a letter of encouragement to residents of a Mexican diocese afflicted by battling drug cartels, a conflict that has cast attention on the lawlessness covering wide swaths of Mexico and the government’s inability to pacify the country.
Marking the beatification of an Italian judge murdered by the Mafia, a Vatican office announced the formation of a working group on “the excommunication of mafias.”
No sooner had federal forces arrested José Antonio Yépez Ortiz — a crime boss known as “El Marro,” or the sledgehammer — than stories surfaced of his supposed generosity with the Catholic Church and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The mafia’s practice of exploiting vulnerable people during times of crisis is a real danger caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy, said an expert on organized crime.
A new Human Rights Watch report, titled “Rainforest Mafias,” draws on data collected by the Pastoral Land Commission, a non-profit group founded by progressive sectors of the Brazilian Catholic Church which has issued an annual report on human rights violations in rural sectors of the country since 1985.
In a telegram sent Friday, Pope Francis said he was “saddened by the tragic death” of Daphne Caruana Galizia and was praying for her family, the Maltese people and the nation as a whole “at this difficult moment.” Malta has been stunned by Monday’s slaying of Caruana Galizia, an anti-corruption investigative reporter whose targets included Malta’s leading politicians.
On the 25th anniversary of the murders of two Italian judges killed by the mafia, Pope Francis insisted on the Vatican’s commitment in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The latest papal tweet falls in line with Francis’s determination to transform words into concrete actions against all mafia, including those within the Church.
Four Catholic catechists were found dead on Tuesday in Mexico, coming hard on the heels of the murder of three Catholic priests. Areas of Mexico under the control of drug cartels and criminal gangs are considered among the most dangerous areas of the world for Catholic pastoral workers.