AMERICA/MEXICO - Another priest killed because of crime

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - Father Felipe Carrillo Altamirano was killed on Sunday, March 26 in the village of El Nayar, Prelature of Jesús María del Nayar, Nayarit state, apparently victim of an assault for theft. The Mexican Bishops' Conference published the news through a statement, sent to Fides, stressing that once again a Catholic priest was killed. At the same time it expresses condolences to the priest’s family and to the Bishop of the Territorial Prelature of Nayar, His Exc. Mgr. José de Jesús González Hernández, O.F.M.
Father Felipe is the second priest killed since the beginning of the year: the first was Father Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes, in the diocese of Saltillo, in January (see Fides 13/01/2017).
The Bishops’ statement commented the sad news: "Jesus Christ give us the strength to fight in order to build a reconciled and peaceful, just and fraternal world. Death is not the end of the message of love that our Savior brought us but the fullness of life. With his priesthood, father Felipe embodied these certainties that give us faith".
The Territorial Prelature of El Nayar is located in the Mexican state of Nayarit, and is one of the 20 municipalities of this state. According to data provided by the Prelature there are 11 diocesan priests (2 indigenous), 14 religious priests and 10 religious non-Franciscan priests and 30 religious women. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 28/03/2017)