AMERICA/MEXICO - Diocese denounces: Another priest attacked by an armed group

Monday, 20 March 2017

Coahuila (Agenzia Fides) - "On the evening of March 16 alleged members of the police force in Coahuila, violently broke into the home of Father Robert Coogan Francis, Head of the Prison Ministry in the diocese, and after physically attacking the priest, took one of the roommates away, with the false accusation that drugs had been found inside the house", said the statement from the diocese of Coahuila, sent to Fides.
The text also informs that the group was formed by 6 people, "apparently an organized crime group" but wore the uniform of the police force in Coahuila. They showed a parcel containing drugs, only to accuse and take away the roommate.
"We appeal to the authorities – says the statement of the diocese - to clarify that organized crime groups use the uniform and equipment given in exclusive use to the police, to intimidate and threaten the population", concludes the text.
Unfortunately it is not an isolated case: according to the diocese, in recent weeks, there have been other cases of violence against priests and people engaged in the service to the Church. The Bishop of Saltillo, His Exc. Mgr. Raul Vera Lopez, denounced the violence that grows more and more in the area on several occasions. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/03/2017)