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Pope urges Mexican bishops to take stand against drugs

Pope Francis is making his first visit to Mexico since becoming Pontiff. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis has called on bishops in Mexico to courageously take a stand against drugs, gangs and corruption on his first visit to the country as Pontiff.

Speaking with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto by his side at the National Palace, Francis said social, cultural and political leaders had a duty to help citizens stand up against the drug trade, which he said "devours like a metastasis."

He told them to make it clear to drug dealers that they could not consider themselves good Catholics if their hands were "drenched in blood, but pockets filled with sordid money and their consciences deadened."

More than 100,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico over the last decade - about 26,000 are missing.

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