Mexican church seizes on St. Jude to counter Santa Muerte cult

Reflecting "the uncertainty of this world," St. Jude Thaddeus is a fixture in altars honoring the disappeared, while Santa Muerte has taken root in communities ravaged by violent crime.

How a folk saint of death took off among transgender women in Mexico

Santa Muerte, the skeleton folk saint, is appealing to transgender sex workers, who face the persistent threat of violent clients and transphobic hatred in Mexico. Employment discrimination forces many transgender women to turn to sex work for money.

As Catholic priests are killed in Mexico, questions and tensions rise

The bullet-ridden body of Fr. Jose Lopez Guillen was found Sept. 24 on the highway in the western state of Michoacan, a region plagued by violent conflict.