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The pre-Christmas massacre of 45 women and children in the little village of Acteal in Chiapas is only the most dramatic of a constant series of violent attacks upon persons seeking to bring about peace, justice and reconciliation in that conflict-ridden state. Bishop Samuel Ruíz of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, his coadjutor, Bishop Raúl Vera, O.P., several priests and religious of the diocese and scores of catechists have been physically as well as verbally attacked, adding up, as the bishops have said, to "a true persecution of the Church."
In the past year, USCC has publicly communicated its concerns about specific violations on three occasions:
Many diocesan offices and religious congregations in this country have also been following the tragic events in Chiapas; we thank those who have sent messages of support and solidarity to Don Samuel and the Diocese of San Cristóbal and urge others to do so. You can fax your message to the Diocese at: (011)(52 967) 83-136 or 83-551.
For further information: phone (202) 541-3184, fax (202) 541-3339, e-mail: email@example.com
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