Pope Francis Addresses Crime in Mexico

By Patrick Falk,
International New Writer

Pope Francis ended his visit to Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 17, with a call to action against the forces of crime and corruption.

With his arrival in Chiapas, Mexico, the Pope has garnered the attention of tens of thousands of people, ranging from indigenous peoples to devout Roman Catholics alike.

Chiapas is also known for its heavy indigenous population and culture, but has been riddled with drug related murders and other nefarious activities.

The Pope’s arrival in Chiapas comes at the end of his five day journey, in which the Pontiff took the opportunity to demonstrate not only his quarrel with drug related issues or corruption within the church, but to also show his concerns on the environmental side.

As reported by CBS, the Pope said,   “We can no longer remain silent before one of the greatest environmental crises in world history.”

The Pope went on to explain the link between raising awareness for the environments sake and his long appreciation for how well the indigenous people always catered to their environmental surroundings.

As reported by the BBC, Pope Francis went on to recite a verse from the Popol Vuh, an ancient Mayan text, adding “On many occasions, in a systematic and organized way, your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society.”

The Pope asked for forgiveness for all of the hatred and innocent lives lost.

As quoted by the BBC, the Pope went on to say, “Some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior. Others, intoxicated by power, money and market trends, have stolen your lands or contaminated them. How sad this is”.

The Pope’s excursion ended in Ciudad Juarez along the United States Border. Like Chiapas, Ciudad Juarez is plagued by high crime rates and corruption.

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 23rd print edition.

Contact Patrick at
patrick.falk@student.shu.edu

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