In Ciudad Juárez, murder rates dropped from 3,766 to only 256 in the space of five years

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico ( - An increase in adoration chapels in Mexico are reportedly leading to a stunning decline in crime rates. The change is most significant in Ciudad Juárez, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, where in the space of five years — from 2010–2015 — murder rates dropped from 3,766 to only 256.

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Pope Francis, Holy Mass at Santa Marta
October 27, 2016

In the face of today’s disasters, wars motivated by the worship of the god of money, the bombing of innocent people, a humanity which apparently does not desire peace, God weeps with the tears of a father and mother. In relation to this theme, Pope Francis issued a forceful call to conversion during Mass on Thursday morning, 27 October, in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, during which he said that God became Man in order to cry with and for his children.


Holy Mass at Santa Marta
Oct. 21, 2016
In order to respond to the mystery of Christ and of the Church, Christians must live with lowliness, meekness, and generosity. This was the focus Pope Francis’ homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday, 21 October. Continuing his reflection from the previous day’s homily, the Holy Father spoke about unity, which is at the heart of the “mystery of the Church”, and which is accomplished through “the bond of peace”. As he often does, the Pontiff spoke on this theme in the context of the daily lives of all Christians. In order to respond in a way that is “worthy” of the “call of mystery”, he said, we need to learn how to live with “lowliness”, with the “meekness” which helps us “bear with one another”, and with a “generosity” which opens our hearts to everyone.

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·Holy Mass at Santa Marta ·
June 12, 2014
In order to fully carry out justice, living the commandment of love, it is important to be realists, to be consistent, and to acknowledge that we are children of the same father, and therefore brothers. Reflecting on the Gospel passage from the day’s reading (Mt 5:20-26), Pope Francis suggested these three practical criteria in his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday morning, 12 June.
In the Gospel passage, Jesus speaks to us about “how love is to be among us”, the Pope explained.
To illustrate “how one should proceed on the path of fraternal love”, Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.

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Pope Francis, Prayer Vigil, 5 May 2016.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
After the testimonies we have heard, and in the light of the word of the Lord that gives meaning to our suffering, let us first ask Holy Spirit to come among us. May he enlighten our minds to find the right words capable of bringing comfort. May he open our hearts to the certainty that God is always present and never abandons us in times of trouble. The Lord Jesus promised his disciples that he would not leave them alone, but at all times in life he would remain close to them by sending his Spirit, the Comforter (cf. Jn 14:26) to help, sustain and console them.


· Mass at Santa Marta ·
Sept. 20, 2016

“Today, men and women of all religions, will go to Assisi, not to put on a show: but simply to pray, to pray for peace”. Before leaving for the city of St Francis, the Pope wished to reaffirm the significance of the pilgrimage, while celebrating Mass on Tuesday morning, 20 September, in the Chapel of Santa Marta. “I wrote a letter to all the bishops of the world”, he said, asking “that in their dioceses they might hold prayer meetings today, inviting Catholics, Christians, believers and all men and women of good will, of every religion, to pray for peace”.

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