After the murder of two Jesuit priests in a church in the state of Chihuahua, Pope Francis lamented the number of homicides that are recorded in Mexico, he also expressed his sadness and consternation.
“There are so many murders in Mexico. I am close, in affection and prayer, to the Catholic community affected by this tragedy”said.
Priests Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín César Mora Salazar were shot dead on Monday in the town of Cerocahui “while trying to defend a man who was seeking refuge,” according to the order also known as the Society of Jesus.
The man being chased, who was working as a tour guide, was also killed.
The attackers loaded the three bodies into the back of a pickup truck, covered them with plastic and took them away, according to Father Luis Gerardo Moro Madrid, head of the order in Mexico.
“We denounce the murder of our brothers (…) We demand justice and the recovery of the bodies of our brothers who were taken from the temple by armed persons,” the religious order detailed in a statement.
In the afternoon, The Federal Security Secretariat reported in a statement that the alleged aggressor of the religious had already been identified.
“The investigation continues to find his whereabouts and not allow impunity,” says the text.
According to experts, the Sierra de Chihuahua, dominated by impressive canyons that attract tourists, is an important drug transit route to the United States, which is why it is violently disputed by drug cartels.
Account of the facts of the homicide
The attack took place on Monday afternoon when a man who was a tour guide and who was being chased by an armed individual apparently tried to protect himself by entering the Cerocahui temple.
“The two Jesuits somehow intervened so that nothing would happen in the temple (…) At that moment, the aggressor fired at the one he was persecuting and the priests”told Radio Formula Moro Madrid.
A third religious, hearing the shots, entered the church and saw the bodies of the two Jesuits. “The murderer just as he says: ‘I’m sorry, we’re going to take the bodies,'” added the priest.
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