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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Apostolic nuncio to Mexican bishops: 'Look reality in the eye'

The apostolic nuncio to Mexico urged the country's bishops to "look reality in the eye" as the country's non-Catholic population increases and Mexicans increasingly identify as nonreligious.

Mexican bishop announces run for political office, then backtracks

Bishop Cepeda's brief foray into electoral politics captured enormous attention, especially after he said at a news conference, "I'm tired of the idiots governing us. ... All politicians are scoundrels, and all of them steal something. I expect to rob nothing."




On the road to US, migrants face smugglers, extortion, broken dreams

Shelters like La 72, run by the Franciscans near the Guatemala border, offer a respite on a dangerous route for migrants to the U.S. border. Migrants unable to afford the services of smugglers often stay in shelters, but they get exploited by drivers, government officials and others outside.

Mexican bishops' ministry: migrants to US face deportation, crowded shelters

The Mexican bishops' migrant ministry says people arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border risk being returned to Mexico under rules for expelling people rapidly during the pandemic.