The Catholic bishops of Mexico and four Central American republics meet this week in Tapachula, a city in Chiapas – Mexico’s southernmost state. According to Osservatore Romano, the bishops will “discuss the always painful reality of the many migrants from Mexico and Central America who are trying to reach the United States.”
 
The January 28-30 meeting, said Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas at press conference, will note the many hardships the migrants continue to face. “We’re saddened and worried because migrants are exposed to many humiliations as they traverse our country: mistreatment, extortion, even abduction and forcing them to work for narcotraffickers.” 
 
Bishop Arizmendi said "Some are murdered, and many are not able to achieve their dreams. We are especially concerned about the trafficking of women who are raped and abandoned when they become pregnant, or forced into illicit activities.”
 
 The meeting of the bishops from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, seeks to provide a means for exchanging information among them about their efforts to provide food, shelter, and medical care. “Our services,” said Bishop Arizmendi, “are offered not only to Catholics but to all people regardless of creed, race or nation. We are brothers and we share what little we have.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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