Pope says America’s immigration problems pre-date Trump
Pope Francis has said he is “on the side” of the US bishops when it comes to separating immigrant families at the Mexican border. The bishops strongly criticised the practice and, amid an outcry, President Donald Trump backtracked, signing an executive order to ensure families were kept together. In an interview with Reuters, Francis declined to comment more directly on the policy, saying he did not know the situation well. But he said the problem pre-dated Trump. “During the Obama years I celebrated Mass in Ciudad Juárez, while on the other side of the border 50 bishops concelebrated … It’s not just an issue with Trump but goes back to prior governments.”
Bishops advise priests on how to stay alive
Mexico’s bishops conference has issued advice to priests on how to stay safe amid rising violence and a spate of clergy murders.The guide, which aims to be a “prevention tool”, advises priests on how to handle telephone extortion attempts and kidnappings. It proposes precautions such as not having the same schedule each day and doing a trial run if
travelling in an unfamiliar area. It also urges priests to be aware of strangers in the street, especially those with “exaggerated behaviours”, and to stay in areas with good phone reception. According to the Catholic Multimedia Center, 24 priests have been killed since 2012, with four deaths already in 2018. Last year there were 25,000 murders in the country.
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