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Though the dam that would have flooded it was canceled, the village of Arcediano was still razed. More than 15 years later, Guadalupe Lara continues to fight for others in Mexico who face a similar fate.
A Mexican priest and migrant shelter operator suffered an extortion attempt and, later the same day, a violent robbery at his parish residence.
Reflecting "the uncertainty of this world," St. Jude Thaddeus is a fixture in altars honoring the disappeared, while Santa Muerte has taken root in communities ravaged by violent crime.
The bullet-ridden body of Fr. Jose Lopez Guillen was found Sept. 24 on the highway in the western state of Michoacan, a region plagued by violent conflict.