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Organized criminal groups have threatened bishops in Guerrero as they serve a region rife with drug cartel activities and parishes located in impoverished indigenous communities where people eke out existences by cultivating opium poppies.
Vatican Radio reported Monday that the Morelia archdiocese had announced that the body of Fr. Jose Lopez Guillen was found near Puruandiro, in the western state of Michoacan.
Pope Francis gave Mexico's prelates a blunt outline of their roles and obligations as bishops, while condemning inaction on a drug trade that he said "devours like a spreading cancer."
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico -- a city notorious for a recent four-year battle among local cartels, resulting in more than 10,000 killings -- will host Pope Francis Feb. 17.