David Agren covers Mexico as a freelance correspondent for Catholic News Service. His reporting also regularly appears in the Guardian, USA Today and the Washington Post. A native of Canada, he has lived in Mexico City for the past 11 years.

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US brother beatified on soccer fields of Guatemalan school he served

Christian Brother James Miller was beatified Dec. 7 in Guatemala with a celebration on the soccer fields of the same school he once served.

Mob enters Managua cathedral, attacks hunger strikers, damages property

A pro-government mob entered the cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, damaging property, attacking hunger strikers inside the building and jostling a priest and nun.

Mexican bishops call for peace, conversion amid growing violence

The Mexican bishops' conference called for calm and reflection after well-armed members of a drug cartel descended on the city of Culiacan and forced Mexican security forces to release the son of convicted cartel kingpin Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as "El Chapo."

Three new dioceses carved out of Archdiocese of Mexico

Three new dioceses have been carved out of the Archdiocese of Mexico, a move Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City said will bring pastors "closer to the all the inhabitants."