A priest was killed in Mexico; 9. under the current administration
A Roman Catholic priest has been killed in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, the ninth person under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
MEXICO CITY — A Roman Catholic priest has been killed in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, the ninth victim under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Catholic Multimedia Center of the church identified the priest as Reverend Javier García Villafaña, who was assigned to the Capacho parish in Huandacareo just a month earlier.
The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said García’s body had multiple gunshot wounds and was found in a vehicle.
The killing came a day after the Mexican Bishops’ Conference expressed its solidarity and condemnation of the attack on Monsignor Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez, the archbishop of the northern state of Durango.
On Sunday, an elderly man tried to stab Armendáriz in Durango’s cathedral. The archbishop escaped unharmed.
The conference said in a statement that it condemned García’s killing and called on the authorities to find those responsible.
“It is a painful reminder of the dire situation we face as a society, in which organized crime and impunity continue to threaten the lives and safety of so many,” it said.
According to a statement from the Catholic Multimedia Center, Garcia was shot while driving near Capacho, on the shores of Lake Cuitzeo.