The Pope’s Encounter with Indigenous Mexico

Orsetta Bellani, Americas Program (Photo: O.B.)

Pope Francisco’s visit to San Cristobal de Las Casas in the southern state of Chiapas was perhaps his most symbolic visit on his six-day tour of Mexico last week. Here the Bishop of Rome held mass with indigenous peoples, in a city internationally known for the uprising of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation in 1994, which inaugurated an era of indigenous self-government in parts of the state. Continue reading…

A Landmark Trial Seeks Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence From Guatemala’s Civil War

Orsetta Bellani, Vice News (Photo: O.B.)

The eleven elderly indigenous women of Maya Q’eqchi’ origin sat silently with their shawls covering their heads as their stories of sexual torture at the hands of the military from the height of the country’s civil war were retold in a Guatemala City courtroom. At times tears welled up in the eyes of the younger woman who was translating the Spanish proceedings into their language. Continue reading…