Mexico’s ongoing struggle against organised crime affects all Mexicans, but especially the most vulnerable groups in rural areas, including minority Christian denominations. Christians who actively engage in transforming society constitute a threat to drug cartels and other criminal groups. In indigenous-heavy regions, those who convert from indigenous traditional beliefs to non-traditional Protestant denominations face persecution. Members of the Catholic Renewal Movement have also been targeted.

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Three priests killed, another tortured in Mexico

Three Roman Catholic priests have been murdered and another tortured in Mexico since September, reports the Associated Press. Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was found alive three days after his abduction in Catemaco town, Veracruz state, with ‘visible signs of torture’ according to a Roman Catholic Church statement. His kidnap […]

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Religious freedom ambassador visits Mexico

The US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein, is in Mexico to discuss how its federal and state governments are adhering to their international obligations to uphold freedom of religion and belief. As World Watch Monitor has reported, Mexican Christians who branch away from the “traditionalist” village churches, which […]

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Mexican Protestants continue to face pressure for leaving ‘traditionalist’ churches

Mexican Protestants continue to face pressure for leaving ‘traditionalist’ churches

Lauro Pérez Núñez has been arrested and detained several times since leaving ‘traditionalist’ church.Coordinación de Organizaciones Cristianas   Mexican Christians who branch away from the “traditionalist” village churches, which blend aspects of indigenous paganism and popular Catholicism, continue to face pressure to return to the fold or leave their villages. […]

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Another Mexican Protestant suffers

A Mexican Protestant recently detained for the third time by local authorities has now seen his three children banned from attending the local school and his home cut off from the village’s water and electricity services. His crime? Attending an Evangelical church. The state Ombudsman in Oaxaca has publicly condemned […]

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Home at last in Mexico

Home at last in Mexico

It’s been almost two months since 12 evangelical Christian families – 49 people* in all – were allowed to return to their village in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico and they say all is “completely calm”. But the relative calm the families from the village of Buenavista Bawitz are rejoicing […]

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2014 deadliest year for Mexican Catholic leaders

has published a new report on religious freedom violations in Mexico revealing that “more Roman Catholic priests and lay leaders were killed in Mexico in 2014 than in any other country in the world.” According to the report, leaders from other Christian denominations face similar threats from criminal groups, but […]

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