Religious Human Sacrificing Gaining Status in Mexico

Ever hear of the religion known as La Santa Muerte? It translates ‘Holy or Saint Death’. The religion involves human sacrifices and it’s gaining in popularity and status among Mexican-American Catholics involved in drug trafficking and other violent crimes. Worshippers often use Catholic prayers and rituals in their bloody practice, which involves sacrificing human lives.

A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and devoted to “Holy Death” is growing in popularity among drug traffickers and violent criminals, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about honoring the so-called “Saint Death.”

Authorities are speaking out about the religion devoted to La Santa Muerte, which translates to “Holy Death” and “Saint Death,” that has gained popularity steadily since the late 1980s among Mexican-American Catholics.

“She’s not a saint. There is nothing good that can come out of praying to her,” Sante Fe Archbishop John Wester said in February. “We have a lot of saints who represent the teaching of Jesus Christ. This is an aberration.” …

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Mexican officials and Catholic church officials have spoken out against the religion. Law enforcement officials in Austin, Texas say they have seen an increase of the religion among many drug traffickers involved in bringing in illegal drugs into the US. A number of law enforcement agencies have been receiving training about the Mexican folk religion, warning their officers what to look for.

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