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Mexican Bishop’s Sister Improving

November 8, 1997

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) _ A Roman Catholic bishop mediating peace efforts in southern Mexico said Saturday that his sister was recovering from an attack that left her skull fractured.

Maria de la Luz Garcia was beaten with a hammer in the bishop’s home Friday, allegedly by her godson, Miguel Mendez Toporek, Chiapas state police said.

``You can already see the improvement for the better,″ Bishop Samuel Ruiz said Saturday, adding she would probably be released from the hospital within a week.

Mendez was transferred to a prison in Tuxtla Gutierrez after attempting suicide in jail here Friday.

Reasons for the attack weren’t clear.

Mendez allegedly told church members he blamed Bishop Ruiz for his family’s economic woes, said Felipe Toussaint, vicar general of the San Cristobal de las Casas Diocese.

Ruiz is a leading peace mediator in the southern state of Chiapas, site of a 3-year-old rebellion by Zapatista rebels, most of them Maya Indians.

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