Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The missing priest's body found, he had been set on fire

Puebla (Agenzia Fides) - The Archdiocese of Puebla informs the violent death of Fr. Erastus Pliego de Jesus, pastor of St. Mary of the Nativity in the small town of Cuyuaco, who had been missing for a few days (see Fides 17/11/2015). In a brief statement, sent to Fides, the Archdiocese announced that the authorities reported that yesterday morning, 17 November, in the countryside surrounding the site of the kidnapping, the lifeless body of the priest was found. 
English: Mary and a priest
English: Mary and a priest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The Archdiocese deeply regrets that a priest, whose life was devoted to God and to the service of others, was the victim of violence", the statement said.
According to reports from the local press, the body was burned, and had a deep wound to the head. It is assumed that the reasons of his death is due to a robbery which ended in murder, but authorities continue to investigate.
"We thank the authorities for all the support in this unfortunate event. To the family and to his parish community we assure you of our support and solidarity", concluded the statement of the Archdiocese.
According to the Catholic Multimedia Mexican Center eleven priests have been killed since 2013 and two more are still missing. In 2014 two priests were abducted and killed in the state of Guerrero. One of them was found on December 25 with a bullet in the head, while in November the body of a Ugandan priest was found in a ditch, who had disappeared months before. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 18/11/2015)