|Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
September 11, 2001
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult ... The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46)"
We are tremendously shocked at the news this morning of the horrendous act of terrorism which has caused many lives and suffering in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The ludicrousness of such acts only makes us stronger in our commitment towards the globalization of solidarity and communion in the Good News of hope and peace.
On behalf of the seventy-eight participants of the Second National Training Workshop on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, including representatives from 35 Mexican dioceses, and the United States, Spain, Japan, Colombia, El Salvador, and Honduras, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the American people in this moment of sorrow.
Sincerely, and with our commitment to prayer,
Bishop Renato León
Bishop of Ciudad Juárez
President of the Commission for the Pastoral Care of People on the Move
Bishop Florencio Olvera
Bishop of Tabasco
Bishop Promoter for the Pastoral Care of Migrants in Southern Mexico
Mexican Catholic Conference of Bishops