AMERICA/MEXICO - Another priest killed

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Morelia (Agenzia Fides) - The Archbishop of Morelia (in the Mexican state of Michoacan), Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda, announced the sad news of the murder of Fr. Francisco Javier Gutiérrez, pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Salvatierra, who he himself had ordained a priest on January 8, 1986. Father Francisco Javier was born in Arandas (Jalisco) and was 60 years old.
"With deep sorrow I announce the death of Father Francisco Javier Gutiérrez Díaz, of the Congregation of the Workers of the Kingdom of Christ - says the Cardinal's statement sent to Agenzia Fides -. After leaving his parish on Monday April 6, he was killed and his body was found outside Salvatierra". Cardinal Suárez Inda expresses his condolences to all the members of the Congregation, family and the parish community that Father Francisco Javier "served with apostolic dedication". "We ask the Lord - concludes the statement – to forgive those who caused this serious crime".
Those who knew him remember him as an exemplary priest, who had carried out his pastoral work in different places, with great commitment and appreciation by all. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 09/04/2015)