Mexico bishop inspires, infuriates with activism

Christmas in August

FILE - This Dec. 22, 1999 file photo shows Bishop Raul Vera in San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Vera arrived in Saltillo as Bishop in 2000, with a reputation as a social crusader. Vera’s realm is a wide swath of Coahuila, a state bordering Texas that’s become a hideout for the brutal Zetas cartel. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)MONCLOVA, Mexico (AP) — The white-haired bishop stepped before some 7,000 faithful gathered in a baseball stadium in this violence-plagued northern border state. He led the gathering through the rituals of his Mass, reciting prayers echoed back by the massive crowd. And then his voice rose.

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