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Did Adoration save a city from violence?

The city of Juarez in northern Mexico was once considered one of the most dangerous in the world, with 3,766 murders recorded in 2010. Five years later, the number had dropped to 256.

Fr Patricio Hileman, one of the missionaries who arrived in the city three years ago, told Radio Maria Argentina that at that time, “40 people a day were dying because two drugs gangs were fighting”.

These were the Juárez and Sinaloa cartels. Sinaloa’s former leader Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán Loera was recently extradited to the United States.

In 2013, one of the parishes asked the missionaries to open a Perpetual Adoration chapel.“We put up 10 little chapels in a year,” Fr Hileman said.

“Two months after the first chapel was opened, the pastor calls us and says to us: ‘Father, since the chapel was opened there has not been one death in Juárez, it’s been two months since anyone has died.’

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