Agenzia Fides REPORT – Today the Bishop of the diocese of Cartagena, Spain, His Exc Mgr.José Manuel Lorca Planes will celebrate the funeral of Father Ricardo Muñoz Juárez, retired priest who carried out his pastoral ministry as a collaborator at the Iglesia de la Caridad in Cartagena, was killed Friday, on June 3 due to a blow to the head inflicted with a blunt object. The church of La Caridad till today holds a wake over the priest's body, as the same diocese of Cartagena reports to Fides. According to a communication received, the priest was found dead at his home on Calle Mayor, the main street of the port city. As the Bishop of Cartagena stated as soon as the dead body was found, "the circumstances related to this death are even more painful and tragic if the news of the murder is confirmed ".
In the same statement, Mgr.Lorca Planes desires that the facts and causes of death, that has shocked the whole diocese, are verified rapidly and especially in the city of Cartagena, where the priest was known and loved by many. The Pastor of the Diocese asks priests, religious and faithful to entrust the soul of Father Ricardo to the Lord and ask him to strengthen the faith of the family.
While the National Police investigation continues, the main hypothesis is that some thieves entered the victim's house, where the priest`s elderly and disabled sister also lived, and once discovered, they hit father Ricardo and killed him.