Prison, street programs help train seminarians in violent Mexican city

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- For several students at the Ciudad Juarez seminary, classes in theology and philosophy are integrated with experiences to prepare them for Church work in this violent city. Every Sunday, Genaro Montes, 25, a third-year seminarian, travels with Father Alberto Mellandez, prison chaplain, to the notorious state prison on the edge of Juarez. Montes assists at Mass and with Scripture readings. Fifth-year seminarians Francisco Laoiza, 25; and Jesus Mendoza, 24, preceded Montes.

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