Catholic Church in Mexico Helps Collect Weapons for Disarmament Program
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July 20, 2014

Mexico City is offering people in one neighborhood the chance to exchange their firearms for cash and electronic goods. (AlJazeeraEnglish)

MEXICO CITY - For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital.

Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance of local officials, the Defense ministry and the Church.

The program is based at Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

...Since its inception in December 2012, the program has collected more than 12,000 weapons - a 230 percent increase over previous efforts that did not involve the Church.

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