3rd priest in a week found dead in Mexico

Source: Associated Press

By MARK STEVENSON

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in central Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

Prosecutors in Morelos state said a relative identified the body of Rev. Moises Fabila Reyes, 83. The Archdiocese of Mexico confirmed his death and said he served at the Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico’s main religious pilgrimage site.

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He appeared to have died of a heart attack and is the third priest killed or to have died under suspicious circumstances in Mexico in a week. A total of two dozen priests have been killed in the country since the current president took office in 2012.

“In a few days, Mexico has experienced the worst public safety crises of its modern history. Not only are young people being disappeared and killed, the dimension of this barbarity has reached all levels of society and the Church has had a “Black April,” the Catholic Multimedia Center wrote in an article. “Three priests have died in violent circumstances, raising indignation and concern among bishops across the country.”

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