AMERICA/MEXICO - The facts are to be clarified and violence has to be stopped: appeal on behalf of Mgr. Aguiar Retes after the killing of Father Jenaro

Friday, 3 February 2012

Atizapán (Agenzia Fides) - In a statement of the Archbishop of Tlalnepantla, Monsignor Carlos Aguiar Retes, the identity of the priest murdered on January 28, 2012 is clarified and any act of violence is condemned. In fact, the newspapers and news agencies had published an incorrect name of the priest killed immediately after the criminal act. "With deep sadness the local Church of Tlalnepantla communicates the murder of its father Jenaro Aviña García, pastor of the Immaculate Conception, in Paseo de las Villas in the neighborhood of Villas de la Hacienda, in Atizapan de Zaragoza. Father Jenaro Aviña García, a member of the diocesan clergy of the Archdiocese of Tlalnepantla, was 63, was ordained a priest in 1976. He was specialized in the field of Sacred Scripture, currently he was Pastor of the parish of the Immaculate Conception", is what is said in the statement sent to Fides.
"The local Church of Tlalnepantla - continues the statement - absolutely condemns all acts of violence that occur, not only against the Catholics, but against all persons, regardless of race, language or religion. We call on the authorities to clarify as soon as possible this unfortunate event, which saddens the Catholic community and especially the Father Gennaro’s family " concluded the statement.
Pedro Gonzalez Mendoza, Director of Public Safety and Police Traffic in Atizapán reported that apparently the murder occurred at 6am on Saturday, January 28. "The priest had his pajamas and slippers, apparently he had heard a noise and opened the door of the rectory". The police are working to clarify all aspects of the case. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 03/02/2012)