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Mexico Facts

Score: 62/ 100
Region: Latin America
Persecution Type: Ethnic Antagonism
Persecution Level: Very High
Population: 130,759,000
Christians: 125,347,000
Main Religion: Christianity
Government: Federal Presidential Republic
Leader: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Profile of Persecution

Violence 81%
Church Life 58%
National Life 61%
Community Life 73%
Family Life 45%
Private Life 50%

Organized crime goes unconfronted

Due to the government’s inability to confront violence, some Christians feel forced to implement their own security strategies against acts of Christian persecution, including engaging leaders of criminal groups themselves. Organized crime primarily targets priests and pastors, while indigenous power holders pressure Christians through fines, denying basic community service and imprisonment. The state attorney general in Guerrero has falsely implied that priests were engaged in criminal activity, further inflaming religious tensions.

How Christians are suffering

Christians, their leaders and their church buildings are increasingly becoming victims of attacks, threats, extortion, and other pressures–not just in those states known to be the most violent, but throughout the whole country. There is a strong presence of criminal cells in more regions than before as well. As a result, Christians are increasingly becoming victims of harassment, criticism and ridicule, especially in public debates concerning abortion, same-sex marriage and comprehensive sex education.

Examples

In April 2018, three priests were killed. One was abducted in Cuernavaca and died in the process of his rescue. Another was shot dead in Jalisco in his church office. A third was stabbed to death inside a church in Mexico City. Elevated violence has led churches to change their activities to minimize threats, including prohibiting church leaders from going out alone and church members from bringing valuables to the church.

Pray for Mexico

  • Pray the government will restrict the autonomy of indigenous communities who are given free rein to violate the human rights of Christians converts and harass members of minority religious groups.
  • Pray the government will confront corruption within its own ranks, so it will be more effective in addressing widespread violence.
  • Pray churches find ways to ensure the safety of their leaders in violent environments that are largely controlled by drug cartels.

Stories from Mexico

July 10, 2019

11 of the top persecutors around the world today

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July 3, 2019

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August 17, 2018

In Mexico, Pastor Braces for Death But God Does the Miraculous

In Mexico, church leaders are targeted because of their church's restorative work with the community--seen by drug cartels as a hindrance to their trafficking efforts. Read More

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