Following Mass on 1 February, the auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, Gregorio Rosa Chávez, announced that Ipaz “has the approval of the Pope. He told us to get in there and work for youth to have opportunities and a chance to dream.” The leaders of nine ecclesiastical denominations, including Lutheran and Anglican bishops Medardo Gómez and Martín Barahona respectively, and Bishop Fabio Colindres who played a key role in the media- tion which led to the first (failed) gang truce in 2012, presented Ipaz last April. It advocated reactivating the gang truce and stopping the escalation in violence through three mechanisms for dialogue: inter-gang talks; talks between gangs and civil society; and talks between civil society and the State.

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