When Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday he will land in the most dangerous country for priests in Latin America, with dozens killed in the past decade.
The drug war that has killed tens of thousands of people in the past
10 years has also claimed the lives of at least 36 priests, targeted by
criminal organizations, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center.
The latest victim was Father Erasmo Pliego de Jesus, whose burned
body was found in November in Puebla, one of the most religious states
in the world's second largest Roman Catholic country.
Mexico is "the most dangerous country in Latin America to be a
priest," ahead of other notoriously crime-riddled countries like
Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, according to the Catholic Multimedia
Nelson Arteaga, sociologist at the Latin American Faculty of Social
Sciences, said the deaths of dozens of priests since the government
declared war against drug cartels in 2006 shows that they have not
escaped the violence.