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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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."

Guatemala's new president faces U.S. challenges on migration

Sunday Mass Aug. 11 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Guatemala City included prayers for the two candidates running in that day's runoff election and the country's outgoing president.

Mexican shelters tell of harassment since U.S.-Mexico deal on migrants

The increased enforcement has put Catholic-run shelters in the crosshairs of a Mexican administration anxious to show the United States it's keeping up its end of the bargain.