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Acapulco Archbishop Asks Criminals for Easter Truce

David Agren - Catholic News Service
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March 16, 2016

Drug and gang-related violence has long been a problem in Mexico, but tourist destinations were generally spared from danger. Not so anymore as Acapulco is becoming known as much for its killings as its coastal resorts. (CCTVAmerica)

The archbishop of Acapulco called on organized crime to cease violence during Holy Week, when thousands of Mexicans descend on the seaside city for the Easter holidays.

“I am making a call to those causing violence that, if they are men of their word, they honor a truce during the entire period” of Holy Week, Archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos of Acapulco told reporters March 13.

“Everyone, those that live in Guerrero (state) in Acapulco, including those causing this violence, all of us are aware of the importance that the tourist season has in Acapulco,” he said.

Acapulco, once fabled for nightlife and visiting Hollywood stars, has become notorious for crime and killings.

...The Archdiocese of Acapulco has put a priority on promoting peace and providing attention to victims of violence through a pilot program bishops hope to replicate in other Mexican dioceses.

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