Mass stipends for 18 Jesuit priests working in areas of extreme poverty

Mexico is a land of deep contrasts. Some areas are popular holiday destinations, yet at the same time the country is in the throes of bloody drug warfare and plagued by abductions, extortion, robberies and murders on an alarming scale. The Catholic Church is likewise a victim of this crime wave and there is no other country in the world where so many priests are murdered, year on year, as in Mexico.

Economically too, Mexico is a country of deep contrasts. On the one hand it is an emerging economic power, while on the other, almost half the population live in deep poverty. The Jesuits are active in the country, with 18 Jesuit priests working among the indigenous population in some of the areas of most extreme poverty. In proclaiming the Gospel message to the poorest of the poor, they themselves live in poverty. The faithful share their simple food with them, but that alone is not enough to cover their overall living costs. Hence they are most grateful for the Mass stipends ACN has been able to send them, to a total value of 14,490 Euros, thanks to the generosity of our kind benefactors.

„With the blessing of your help“, writes Father José Francisco Magaña Aviña, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Mexico, „we can continue to proclaim the Gospel and better serve this People of God, who though lacking in material prosperity nonetheless possess an astonishing spiritual strength, which nourishes the whole Church.“

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