“The Devil is Punishing Mexico”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said that the conflicts and violence in Mexico are a punishment from the devil for the historical Catholic devotion of the Mexican people, and added that the situation demands Mexicans to “push together”.

In an interview last Thursday night, Francis said that Mexico is a country that has produced a myriad of martyrs during the last few years, under the scourge of drug trafficking.

“The devil is punishing Mexico really hard,” due to its historical devotion of the Virgin of Guadalupe, expressed the first Latin-American to head the Catholic Church.

He added that the responsibility of the situation cannot be from the government alone.

“I think the devil is historically charging Mexico, don’t you think? And that is the reason for all these things. In history, you can see that there have always been serious red flags. Okay? Who is to blame? The government? That is the easiest answer,” expressed the Pope in an interview with media conglomerate Televisa.

The Pope also spoke about the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training school, killed by local policemen and drug dealers in Iguala, Guerrero.

“There are people who are fine and maybe they did not care about the death of those kids … But most of the Mexican people are solidary. And that is one of the virtues you have, okay? And, I believe that everybody has to participate in this effort, to solve this somehow,” he added.

Francis also spoke of the diplomatic controversy from February, when he spoke about the “Mexicanization” of Argentina due to the influence of drug dealing.

In relation to the Ayotzinapa case, the Pope expressed that it came to demonstrate the solidarity of Mexicans. (Photo: AP)

He expressed that he did not mean to offend Mexico, a country he wishes to visit soon.
“It is clearly a technical terminology, if you please. It has nothing to do with the dignity of Mexico. When we talk about the ‘Balkanization’, neither the Serbs, neither the Macedonians nor the Croatians get angry,” he expressed.

The Argentinean Pope also spoke about the case of father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, accused of sexual abuse of children after he died in 2008.

“He was clearly a very sick person because besides all these abuses, there were two or three women involved,” he said.


Source: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/