Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church is calling on the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto to make changes to its strategies for dealing with the crisis of violence that is shaking the country.
Cardinal Norberto Rivera told reporters on Sunday that such changes “are absolutely necessary” and he emphasized that Pope Francis is monitoring events in Mexico with concern, and not just the disappearance of 43 students from a teachers college in Guerrero state.
The case of the missing students has ignited indignation across Mexico over the fact that the students disappeared at the hands of a corrupt local government. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest.
Rivera said that Peña Nieto “will have to know how to confront this, with the same or different people.”