Latest

08 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Letters from the Synod: October 8, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 fr…

Read more

29 Mar 2015 Q&A No comments

What exactly does the Church mean by tradition?

Full Question Explain to me our Catholic understanding of tradition. One book I read on the subject said tradition cannot change, yet it seem…

Read more

02 Mar 2016 News USA Comments (1)

Catholic Navy SEAL Byers Jr. awarded with the U.S. highest military medal says Archangel Micheal is his superhero

Navy SEAL Edward C. Byers Jr. received an award for his role in a hostage rescue mission deep in the heart of Afghanistan. According to reports, senior chief sp…

Read more

26 Oct 2016 News No comments

Sulpicians to leave San Francisco Archdiocese’s seminary after 118 years

The Sulpicians will completely withdraw from St Patrick's Seminary & University at the end of the academic year After 118 years, the Sulpicians, who have a…

Read more

24 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Does God have a body like ours?

Full Question A Pentecostal friend of mine says God has a body just like ours. This is why the Bible talks about human beings being made in his image and w…

Read more

08 Sep 2015 Articles Comments (59)

Why Catholics Have Statues in Their Churches

Catholics do not worship idols, but have a long tradition of using statues in our churches, because thousands of years ago, people were not able to read and wri…

Read more

04 Feb 2016 Americas News USA Vatican Comments (1)

The Mexico of violence and drug trafficking is not the Mexico our Mother of Guadalupe wants - Pope Francis

During an interview on his upcoming visit to Mexico next week, scheduled Feb. 12-18, at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, Pope Francis said, “I am going to…

Read more

04 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Papal message to theology conference

In a video message to a theological conference taking place in Argentina, Pope emphasized the importance of bridging the gaps between faith and life and between…

Read more

06 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Pope Francis pursues a thaw in relations with mainland China

Vatican City, Sep 6, 2014 / 04:01 pm .- Facing mixed signals coming from the government on the Chinese mainland regarding dealings with the Vatican, Pope Franci…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

Priest abducted in Mexico found alive but with ‘notable signs of torture’

Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was the third priest abducted in Veracruz since September – the other two were killed.

A priest who was abducted in Mexico has been found alive after three days, but “with notable signs of torture," the Catholic Church said Sunday.

Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was the third priest abducted in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz since September. The other two were found shot dead a few days after they were kidnapped.

Although Sanchez Ruiz was spared that fate, his abduction brought new attention to attacks on priests in Mexico, which also saw another priest killed in the western state of Michoacan in September.

Prosecutors have suggested that robbery may have been the motive in all three killings this year. But fellow priests suggested something else may have been involved in Fr Sanchez Ruiz’s kidnapping. Bishop Fidencio Lopez said Sunday that Sanchez Ruiz “had been dumped, with notable signs of torture" at an undisclosed location

His disappearance sparked two days of unrest in the town of Catemaco, which is known for its faith healers and exuberant jungle. Angry residents burned part of the town hall and a police patrol truck while demanding the release of the priest.

Fr Aaron Reyes, spokesman for the diocese, told the Milenio television news channel that Fr Sanchez Ruiz had been threatened in recent days because of his activism.

The priest “had received threats in recent days because he is a defender of human rights and social causes. He has criticized the system of corruption and the crime problem in Catemaco," Fr Reyes said.

Fr Sanchez Ruiz took part in a recent protest of high electricity bills, an important issue in the town because of its extreme heat.

At least 31 priests have been killed in Mexico since 2006. Most of the attacks occurred in areas of Mexico plagued by drug cartel violence.

Mexico’s Catholic Media Center says Veracruz, Guerrero and Mexico states are the most dangerous for priests. Along with Michoacan, they are among the states with the worst drug-cartel problems.










wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories