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Church wants to reassign Mexico activist priest

  A crusading Roman Catholic priest who has defied drug cartels and corrupt police to protect Central American migrants says church authorities are trying to smother his activist work with migrants by assigning him to parish duties.

The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde has become well known in Mexico after enduring death threats for publicly denouncing drug gangs and police who rob and kidnap Central American migrants crossing Mexico to reach the United States.

But Solalinde's diocese says he is simply being asked to start operating within the normal parish structure, and run his migrant shelter more like a church ministry and less like a lone activist's non-governmental organization.

But Solalinde says he won't accept the parish assignment and may appeal to other church authorities.

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