Pope urges Mexico bishops to combat drug trade with 'courage'

Mexico City (AFP) –

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Pope Francis urged Mexican bishops Saturday to take on drug trafficking with "prophetic courage," warning that it represents a moral challenge to society and the church.

"The magnitude of this phenomenon, the complexity of its causes, its immensity and its scope which devours like a metastasis, and the gravity of the violence which divides with its distorted expressions, do not allow us as Pastors of the Church to hide behind anodyne denunciations," Francis said in a speech in Mexico City's Cathedral.