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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
RIP Father Gregorio Lopez Gorrostieto - Priest killed in Mexico - Pope Francis offers condolences
A portrait of Father Gregorio Lopez Gorrostieto, at his funeral in Altamirano, Mexico. - AFP
(Vatican Radio) The Catholic Church in Mexico has condemned the murder of a priest, who was abducted by organized crime, after he preached a sermon criticizing it. Father Gregorio Lopez Gorrostieto dedicated what was to be his final sermon last Sunday to the 43 missing student teachers, who were handed over to gangsters by Municipal Police, following a protest rally on September 16th in the Southern City of Iguala. Father Gregorio, who was from the City of Altamirano in the State of Guerrero, criticized organized crime.
Listen to the report by correspondent James Blears:
That evening witnesses saw him being forced into a truck by armed men. His body was found near that city. He'd been strangled and shot.
Father Gregorio is the third priest to be murdered in Guerrero this year. The remains of a Ugandian Priest were found in a mass grave last month.
The student teachers went missing on September 16th after being handed over to gangsters, following a protest rally in the City of Iguala. So far only one set of remains have been identified. The Mayor and scores of Municipal Police have been arrested.
Pope Francis calls murder of Mexican priest "unjustifiable violence"
The funeral of Father Gregorio López Gorostieta - AFP
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his “deep sadness” about the murder of Mexican priest, Father Gregorio López Gorostieta, who was murdered after preaching a sermon against organized crime, an act the Pope calld “unjustifiable violence”.
In a telegram sent on the Holy Father’s behalf to Bishop Maximino Martinez Miranda, The Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin conveyed the Pope’s condolences to the entire ecclesial community of the Diocese of Altamirano.
The telegram expressed the Pope’s “firm condemnation” of all such violence, and added the Holy Father urges all priests, and other missionaries, to continue in their mission despite the difficulties encountered, following the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.