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Catholic Church in Mexico Works to Remain Relevant as Pope's Exit Adds to Uncertainty

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February 25, 2013

¿Serías capaz de perdonarlo? Cortometraje completo titulado "Hermano Narco". Una producción de Centro Católico Multimedial. (CCMFLASH)

MEXICO CITY — The video shows armed men walking into a house and savagely killing a wife and husband as their children watch in horror from another room. At the funeral, the daughter sees the gunmen and approaches one of them, giving him a hug.

The scene is part of Hermano Narco, a controversial series of 12 short films the Catholic Church in Mexico is producing to teach a grieving nation the importance of forgiveness amid an epidemic of drug violence that has affected everyone, from regular citizens to the church itself.

“We need to find the good in one another,” said the Rev. Omar Sotelo Aguilar, the producer of the series. “We need to learn to forgive. Otherwise, the killings will continue well into future generations. The church can help, especially during a time of change for the church and the country.”

The message has gained resonance with news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. As the process of selecting a new pope begins, the church in Mexico is struggling to define its role amid questions about its own past behavior in the face of spreading criminality.

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