Explosive devices detonated in Mexican border churches
The bishop of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, has expressed alarm after two church explosions within four days.
“What initially seemed like an isolated incident has taken a new turn, worrying us deeply, as the faithful and citizens in general have the right to a secure environment, both in their homes and in their meeting places,” said Bishop Eugenio Lira Rugarcia.
“We call on the authorities and society in general to continue working on the construction of a community in which the life, dignity and rights of all are recognised, respected, promoted and defended.
An explosive device, described by the diocese as homemade, was detonated during Mass on 4th March inside St Anthony of Padua Parish in Matamoros, “without causing injuries or material damage.”
The explosion followed a similar incident on 1st March, when an explosion occurred in the Our Lady of Refuge Cathedral. No injuries or damage were reported at the cathedral, though the diocese initially described the explosion as stemming from a “bottle of acid falling.”
Picture: People walk in 2016 toward Matamoros, Mexico, from Brownsville, Texas. Bishop Eugenio Lira Rugarcia of Matamoros has expressed alarm after two church explosions within four days. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).Tags: Bishop Eugenio Lira Rugarcia, Explosive, Matamoros, Mexican border, mexico