Priest Shot Dead While Hearing Confessions In Mexico, Second Cleric Murdered In Country In 5 Days

Priest Shot Dead While Hearing Confessions In Mexico, Second Cleric Murdered In Country In 5 Days

Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot dead late Friday in Tlajomulco de Zuniga by unidentified attackers in his parish office, reportedly while hearing a confession.

We make an urgent call to build a culture of peace and reconciliation. These lamentable events call all of us to a much deeper and sincere conversion. It is time to look honestly at our culture and society, and to ask ourselves why we have lost respect for life and for the sacred,” said Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega, the Archbishop of Guadalajara.

The cardinal asked the Catholic faithful to accompany their priests with prayer and in the pastoral service to the communities entrusted to them.

“We ask those who despise and take their lives for any reason to allow themselves to be seen by the loving face of God; and to get rid of not only weapons, but hatred, resentment, revenge, and all destructive emotions,” Robles Ortega said in an April 20 statement.

The cardinal also called on the authorities to investigate the crime and not allow it – and other crimes in Mexico – to go unpunished.

According to the Catholic Multimedia Center, at least four priests have been slain in Mexico this year, and 23 have been murdered since 2012.

On Wednesday 18 April, Father Ruben Alcantara Diaz was stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.

2 Replies to “Priest Shot Dead While Hearing Confessions In Mexico, Second Cleric Murdered In Country In 5 Days”

  1. am so sorry for this news. What happen now to mankind? Jesus offered already His life to save us from hell, IS THAT NOT ENOUGH FOR US MEN TO LEARN AND BE GOOD TO EACH AND EVERYONE. I will not give up on praying for the conversion of all evildoing of man to kindness, compassion, humility and repentance. God our Father forgive us and pls.continue to guide each and everyone and the whole world. Mama Mary pray for us to your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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