AMERICA/MEXICO - In the face of growing violence, the Church creates a body to build peace

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Morelia (Agenzia Fides) - The Catholic Church in the state of Michoacan has created a body responsible for coordinating and promoting pastoral actions with special attention to building peace, because despite the efforts of the government, violence and insecurity have increased, and this requires a global strategy and the participation of all.
In a statement sent to Fides, the Archdiocese of Morelia informs that this body aims to form consciences, develop methodologies and propose a permanent formation, in addition to coordinating the communication and co-operation of civil society leaders for social transformation.
"In Michoacan, despite the efforts of the government, violence continues to grow - says the statement - so we need to intervene by identifying the main factors on which to act with collective action, with strategies adopted by everyone, each in its field". The body, called "Diocesan dimension of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation", will be coordinated by Fr. Juan Pablo Vargas, and its seat will be the church of Carmen in the city of Morelia.
The January-May period of 1998 and 2017 were the most violent in the state of Michoacan in the last two decades, with 533 and 528 murders respectively, according to official data of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 27/06/2017)