Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara, Mexico has called upon drug traffickers to cease their violence, especially during the Christmas season.
The call for a truce came after a shocking episode in which 10 people were killed and 30 injured by gunmen who fired into a congregation during Mass on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tecalitlan, located two hours outside of Guadalajara.
Cardinal Sandoval encouraged the faithful to defend themselves against drug-related violence and pleaded for the cartels to respect ‘sacred things’.
The cardinal said the reason for Mexico’s ills are because the faithful “have not seriously accepted the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is to pay attention to her son and put our faith into practice. He added that Our Lady calls Catholics “to live the commandments of the Lord, who is the King of justice and of peace.”