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Catholic Church Responds in Case of Missing Students in Mexico

Catholic News Service
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October 29, 2014
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The Pope prays for 43 missing students from Mexico (Rome Reports)

The Archdiocese of Mexico City called for a “reconstruction of the country” in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in an act that authorities allege was authored by a mayor and his wife and carried out by police working alongside an organized crime network.

“The evil that Mexico suffers is a true decomposition of the social fabric, an evil from which no sector of the country escapes,” read an October 27 editorial in the archdiocesan publication Desde la Fe.

“The seriousness of the crisis demands a deep replanting of our morals, our laws and the social and political organization of our homeland.”

The trainee teachers went missing on September 26 in Iguala, 120 miles south of Mexico City. Classmates and authorities said the students went to collect money for a trip to the capital, but were pulled over, shot at by police, detained and turned over to a criminal group known as Guerrero Unidos.

Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the attack was ordered by Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in order to prevent the students from protesting an event organized by Pineda.

The disappearance of so many students has stirred outrage in Mexico and forced the federal government to again address the issue of crime, which continues plaguing parts of the country despite President Enrique Pena Nieto staying silent on the issue as he focused on economic development instead.

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