Catholic dioceses planning ‘Border Mass’ near Ciudad Juarez

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A group of Catholic dioceses is planning a Mass along the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Sunland Park amid rising political tensions around immigration.

Dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez are scheduled Saturday to hold their annual “Border Mass” at the wall near of the Ciudad Juarez neighborhood of Anapra.

The site of the Mass is near Mount Cristo Rey — 29-foot (9-meter) tall limestone statue of Jesus on top of a hill in Sunland Park.

The Mass comes as President Donald Trump is sending more than 5,200 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants traveling to the U.S. through Mexico.


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