Quintana Roo (Agenzia Fides) - Journalist Rubén Pat Cauich was gunned down on Tuesday, July 24, the second journalist for the Mexican news site slain in less than a month, in front of a bar in Playa del Carmen, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, a famous beach resort. This was confirmed by the municipal government through a declaration. Pat Cauich is the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year. The authorities of the state of Quintana Roo have asked for a serious investigation into the crime, presenting their condolences to the journalist's family.
Last weekend, the Secretary of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM), Mgr. Alfonso Gerardo Miranda Guardiola, Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey, Nuevo León, had spoken at length about this type of violence in the country. In an interview to the local press, which was an opportunity to list the most serious problems that the Church wishes to present to the new President of Mexico, Mgr. Miranda Guardiola said: "The Catholic Church has launched an appeal to society in order to effectively reduce the violence that Mexico has been facing for several years. He asks citizens 'not to fall asleep', because their participation is necessary to solve the problems in the country".
The Secretary General of CEM also said that the Church is ready to collaborate in the reconciliation process proposed by the President-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, because in the face of the levels of violence and insecurity, the Mexican people must be united for the reconstruction of the social fabric and peace building.
Mgr. Miranda Guardiola stressed that the Bishops have not yet had a meeting with the President-elect, but the Church will participate in any initiative aimed at reducing violence, as well as helping victims, which is already happening in dioceses such as Michoacán and Acapulco. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/07/2018)