Guerrero: Priest found dead after having been kidnapped in the Tierra Caliente region

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On 25 December the priest Gregorio López Gorostieta was found dead by asphyxiation in the Colonia Juárez community, Tlapehuala municipality, in the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero.  The priest had been kidnapped the evening of 21 December, after having celebrated mass in the cathedral of Ciudad Altamirano.   According to the testimony of seminarians who witnessed the kidnapping, a group of unknown persons forced him to abandon his vehicle, and then they took him away.

The Archdiocese of Mexico considers the year 2014 to have been “tragic for the Mexican Church,” noting that during the previous 12 months, four priests and a layman had been killed.  In terms of the reported cases, four took place in the same Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero.  The “2014 Annual Report” produced by the Catholic Multimedia Center discusses the clerics who have lost their lives in Mexico while exercising their ministries.  It stresses that in the first two years of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, eight priests have been killed, and two continue to be forcibly disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Guerrero, la entidad más peligrosa para ejercer el sacerdocio (Proceso, 29 de diciembre de 2014)

El “Padre Goyo” murió por asfixia: fiscal de Guerrero (Proceso, 29 de diciembre de 2014)

2014, trágico para la Iglesia mexicana; asesinaron a cuatro sacerdotes y un laico (La Jornada, 28 de diciembre de 2014)

Condena Papa asesinato de sacerdote en Guerrero; “fue víctima de una injustificable violencia”, dice (Proceso, 28 de diciembre de 2014)

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