Kidnapped priest found murdered in Mexico

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Mexico City: The Catholic Church in Mexico has condemned the murder of a priest, who was abducted by organized crime, after he preached a sermon criticizing it.

Father Gregorio Lopez Gorrostieto dedicated what was to be his final sermon on December 21 to the 43 missing student teachers. He accused drug gang Guerreros Unidos (state warriors) of the abduction and alleged murder of the students in September, Vatican Radio reported.

Police in the southern Mexican town of Iguala allegedly detained the students following a clash that left six people dead.

Authorities say the police then turned the students over to the drug gang who killed them and burned their bodies. So far, the authorities have only identified the remains of one of the students.

The mayor and scores of municipal police have been arrested.

Father Gregorio, who was from Altamirano, a city in Guerrero state, criticized organized crime.

That evening witnesses saw him being forced into a truck by armed men. Gunmen seized him from Ciudad Altamirano’s seminary, where he taught.

His body was found near that city. He’d been strangled and shot.

Father Gregorio is the third priest to be murdered in Guerrero this year. The remains of an Ugandan priest were found in a mass grave last month.

Last month, forensic experts identified his body among the remains found in the mass grave. Father John Ssenyondo had been missing since being kidnapped in April. The grave was located by federal police looking for the missing students.

On Friday, a group of priests rallied in the city to condemn the murder.

Similar demonstrations took place in several Mexican cities to commemorate the disappearance of the students on September 26 – exactly three months ago.

Source: Matters India

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