A Mexican priest was found dead on Jan. 11: The body of Father Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes, 42, was discovered in Parras de la Fuente, approximately 90 miles west of his working-class parish in Saltillo, while his vehicle was discovered abandoned in another state, the Coahuila state prosecutor's office said in a statement. At least 16 priests have been killed since December 2012, according to a count by Mexico's Catholic Multimedia Center.
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For 20 years, Las Patronas have tossed meals to migrants riding atop trains passing through their hamlet of cane and coffee farmers in Veracruz state.
Catholic leaders have avoided blocking gay couples from having their children baptized, but a move by a Wisconsin bishop could force church leaders to establish clearer rules.