Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Saints Are Coming

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Saints Are Coming

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THE SAINTS ARE COMING

By Gregory Jordan (Twenty-Third Publications, 2014)

Do you ever wonder who this century's Mother Teresa and Father Damien are--and where on this sorry planet they're serving the most desperate needs? Meet Father Kevin Mullins and the parishioners who sustain his work in Juarez, Mexico. "Work" here goes beyond serving destitute people with scant resources. After a mass slaughter of 20 boys, Mullins must sweep brains from the victims' foreheads to administer last rites. Where funerals are routinely disrupted by machine gun fire, this pastor says four of them in one morning.

Missionaries in Juarez face challenges unknown to Mother Teresa or St. Damien: Their lives are in constant danger, and they're harassed--even during Mass--by Protestant cult members who consider them Satanic. Pervasive violence toward women and girls is often fatal in this godforsaken place; beheadings are common; even the cops report to the drug lords.

This saintly priest is flawed, often angry. …

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