The pope blew up violence in Mexico as he mourned the killing of two Jesuits

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Wednesday uncovered the violence that plagued Mexico as he mourned the killings of two of his Jesuit “brothers” who were shot dead in a remote Mexican church by prominent members of drug gangs.

Francis, an Argentine Jesuit, prayed to the Jesuit community at the end of his week-long general audience, saying he was “sad and scared” to learn of the killings in the mountainous state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

“How can there be murders in Mexico!” he said. “I repeat once again that violence never solves problems, but only increases useless suffering.

Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquin Cesar Mora Salazar, 80, were killed Monday at a church in Serocahui. A man harassed by a drug gang has apparently sought refuge in a church, and gang members killed him and priests when they found him, authorities said.

Francis served as a drug addict when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and has long condemned “death dealers” who fuel the drug trade, which he blames on the “devil” and the thirst for money. During a visit to Mexico in 2016, he called on Mexicans to avoid trade,

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