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Caption: Former Honduran migrant Wilfredo Filiu Garay poses for a photo in a shelter in Mexico City April 12. Garay lost a leg in a railway accident while attempting to transit Mexico on the way to the United States. He joined 14 Hondurans in requesting visas from the Mexican government for migrants heading to the U.S. (CNS/David Agren)
Former Honduran migrant Wilfredo Filiu Garay poses for a photo in a shelter in Mexico City April 12. Garay lost a leg in a railway accident while attempting to transit Mexico on the way to the United States. He joined 14 Hondurans in requesting visas from the Mexican government for migrants heading to the U.S. (CNS/David Agren)
Maimed migrants demand visas from Mexico for Central Americans

By David Agren
Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Fifteen former migrants, all missing limbs, left El Progreso, Honduras, without money in late March, heading for Mexico, where many had been mutilated while riding the rails through the country in ill-fated attempts to reach the United States.

The men arrived in Mexico City about two weeks later, requesting a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto and pressing their demands that the government make visas available for those transiting Mexico. The visas would make migration safer, they said.
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Caption: Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley speaks to the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard following a wreath-laying at the site of the first explosion April 15, the first anniversary of the attack. Young Martin was killed just a few days shy of his ninth birthday. (CNS/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley speaks to the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard following a wreath-laying at the site of the first explosion April 15, the first anniversary of the attack. Young Martin was killed just a few days shy of his ninth birthday. (CNS/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 43, No. 45 (April 17, 2014):

-- Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries celebrate Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border and pray for greater compassion toward immigrants and for a return to ideals that welcome them.

-- Pope Francis teaches that a fully Christian life does not outsource its option for the poor -- though in fact "most of us do just this most of the time," observes University of San Diego theologian Mary Doak.

-- In calling Catholics to be evangelizers, Pope Francis is asking them to share the ways that their lives have been shaped by the love of Christ, says Dennis M. Doyle, a professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

-- Three key elements of the pastoral conversion Pope Francis says the church needs to undergo are a focus on the essential, an appreciation of pluralism and a welcome extended to everyone without exception, says Sandra Mazzolini, a professor at the faculty of missiology at Rome's Pontifical Urbaniana University.

-- A U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee publishes a resource for Catholic leaders and parents concerned about Catholic participation in the Girl Scouts.

-- Repeated references to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East that omit the sufferings of others play into the hands of extremists, says a statement from the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land.

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