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Pope recalls anniversary of ‘2010 San Fernando Massacre’ in Mexico

Pope Francis recalls the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 72 migrants in Mexico, and calls them victims of a “throw-away culture”.

By Devin Watkins

Monday, 24 August, marks 10 years since the vicious murder of 72 Central and South American migrants in San Fernando, in Mexico’s Tamaulipas State.

The undocumented migrants—52 men and 14 women—were killed by the Los Zetas drug cartel in the village of El Huizachal.

Their bodies were buried in a mass grave on a ranch, and were later discovered by the Mexican military.

Victims of throw-away culture

Pope Francis evoked their memory on Sunday at the Angelus address.

“They were people from various countries who were seeking a better life,” he said. “I express my solidarity with the families of the victims, who even today call for justice and truth regarding what happened.”

The Pope also recalled the many migrants who still die as they seek a better life.

“The Lord will require of us an account of all the migrants who fall along the journey of hope,” he added. “They are victims of a throw-away culture.”

Playback of Angelus, 23 August 2020
23 August 2020, 12:48