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World's largest diocese falling to 'new religious groups'

The Church in Mexico City "has been decreasing over the last decades, especially in the richest and poorest areas," according to the archbishop of the world's largest diocese.

Today, "new religious groups" are dominant in the Mexican capital, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera told the Inter-American Congress for Urban Pastoral Care in an address.

He also highlighted the problem of inequality and social exclusion as a sign of urban poverty.

Mexico has some of the widest disparities in wealth among its rich and poor citizens. Mexico City is no exception: Its close to 9 million residents include 2.5 million who live in extreme poverty.

Cardinal Rivera proposed that the values of urban culture, characterised by individualist and materialist tendencies, be revised, and that the Church modernise its pastoral structures to deal with the situation.