Church Wants to Reassign Mexico Activist Priest
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August 8, 2012

Alejandro Solalinde says the bishop of his diocese in southern Mexico has told him he was gaining too much attention with his public complaints. (International News)

MEXICO CITY — A crusading Roman Catholic priest who has defied drug cartels and corrupt police to protect Central American migrants says church authorities have asked him to leave his work at migrant shelters.

The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde has endured death threats after publicly denouncing drug gangs and police who rob and kidnap the mainly Central American migrants who cross Mexico seeking to reach the United States.

Solalinde says the bishop of his diocese in southern Mexico has told him he was gaining too much attention with his public complaints and wants to reassign him to parish duties.

The priest said Wednesday he will ask church authorities to assign him to another migrant shelter.

The bishop's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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