Pro-life advocates had warned that a ruling expanding legal abortion in Veracruz would be used to push for a similar expansion throughout the whole country.
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Abortion is illegal in Ecuador, except when continued pregnancy threatens the life and health of a woman.
Martínez always felt his vocation in life was to help others, and from a young age he wanted to be a doctor.
Archbishop Fernández said the letter he sent puts together the suggestions of several bishops and that it is understandable “that many of the faithful are calling on us to find some way to make the Eucharist accessible again.”
In a new report on violence released in July, Veracruz had seen 133 first-degree murders so far this year.
Bishop José Luis Azcona is a missionary bishop emeritus of Marajó, a diocese that includes dozens of islands in the Amazon River Delta.
In a statement issued July 23, the Archdiocese of Medellin said that for several years “the sacrament of baptism has been administered to children of homosexual couples.”