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TuesdayMay 20, 2014

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Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

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Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop’s hoped-for beatification.

Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters May 18 that he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the pope at the Vatican May 9 to discuss the cause of Archbishop Romero, who was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador.

“We ask the Lord for the speedy beatification of Archbishop Romero and that the pope come here” to celebrate the ceremony, Archbishop Escobar said.
The pope told the Salvadoran bishops that he was pleased the process was moving ahead, but he gave no indication of when it would be completed, the archbishop told reporters.

Archbishop Romero’s sainthood cause was opened at the Vatican in 1993, but was delayed for years as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied his writings, amid wider debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for political reasons.

In 2013, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and official promoter of Archbishop Romero’s sainthood cause, said the process had been “unblocked,” but gave no further details.

Before the archbishop can be beatified, Pope Francis must either sign a decree recognizing him as a martyr or recognizing a miracle received through his intercession.

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Blog del Narco: Violence Erupts in Tamaulipas Resulting in 16 Deaths

Blog del Narco: Violence Erupts in Tamaulipas Resulting in 16 Deaths

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A total of 16 bodies were found by the security forces at two locations in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, officials said.

The bodies of three women and four men were found Sunday night in an SUV abandoned on a closed street in the port city of Tampico, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said.

The killings are related to internal conflicts involving “the presumed criminal groups operating in the zone,” the GCT, a joint federal and state agency, said in a statement.

The bodies of five men and four women were discovered Monday morning in a farming community outside the city of Hidalgo, the GCT said in a separate statement.

Three dwellings were torched near the site where the unidentified bodies were found, the GCT said, adding that the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office was handling the investigation.

The federal government said last week it was deploying more security forces units in Tamaulipas and planned to purge the state’s law enforcement agencies in an effort to stop a spike in drug-related violence.

Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the expanded deployment a week ago in the border city of Reynosa, unveiling a “new phase” of the federal security strategy for Tamaulipas aimed at restoring to residents “the peace and safety they deserve.”

Patrols will be stepped up at ports, airports, customs posts, border crossings and highways, with inspections of prisons and nightspots where criminal activities occur being expanded, Osorio Chong said.

The Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels have been fighting for control of Tamaulipas and smuggling routes into the United States for years.

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Luis Enrique, Former Barca Player is New Head Coach of Team

Luis Enrique, who scored 109 goals for FC Barcelona as a player, is returning to the organization as head coach, the club said Monday.

The announcement that the outgoing coach of Celta Vigo would succeed Gerardo “Tata” Martino coincided with the re-signing of Barça’s franchise player, striker Lionel Messi.

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Venezuela and Panama Resume Diplomatic Relations after Trade Dispute

Panama and Venezuela “have proceeded to the exchange of (diplomatic) notes” to restore consular relations, suspended since March 5 together with diplomatic and trade ties in the wake of a political dispute, the Panamanian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The ministry expressed its gratitude to Costa Rica for “having taken on the role of custodian of assets and consular functions while serving Panamanian citizens in Venezuela.”

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Brazilian Farmers Receive $70.5 Billion Credit Line from Government

President Dilma Rousseff announced Monday that the government will make available to Brazil’s farmers and ranchers a 156.1 billion reais ($70.5 billion) credit line, a hike of 14.7 percent over the previous season.

The 2014-2105 Sugarcane Harvest Plan, announced Monday during an official ceremony at the presidential palace in Brasilia, plans to make $50.6 billion available for financing operating costs and $19.9 billion for investment programs.

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Chilean President Plans Massive Educational Reform

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday launched the political battle to overhaul an educational regime that is largely the legacy of the 1973-1990 dictatorship of the late Augusto Pinochet, who slashed government support for public schools and encouraged privatization.

“We’re starting the most significant educational reform of the last 50 years,” the Socialist president said.

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TuesdayMay 20, 2014