Pope Francis lamented this Wednesday the spiral of violence that surrounds Mexico, after the murder in a church of two Jesuit priests and a tour guidewhose bodies remain missing.
The pontiff expressed sadness and dismay at the crime of his classmates Javier Campos and Joaquín Morawhom he called “brothers” and who carried out their work in Tarahumara indigenous communities.
“There are so many murders in Mexico. I am close, in affection and prayer, to the Catholic community affected by this tragedy,” Francis said at the end of his weekly general audience.
Campos, 79, and Mora, 81were shot on Monday in the town of Cerocahui, in the mountains of the state of Chihuahua (north), “while trying to defend a tour guide who sought refuge” in his parishaccording to the order also known as the Society of Jesus.
The man who was being chased was also killed.
The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obradorconfirmed this Wednesday that the murderer had already been identified and that personnel from the National Defense Secretariat work on your search.
He added that the murderer, who was recognized by another priest present at the temple, He already had an arrest warrant for the murder of an American tourist in 2018. Local media identified him as José Portillo, alias ‘El Chueco’.
“That area of the mountains has long been highly infiltrated, penetrated, dominated by crime“López Obrador admitted.
According to experts, the Sierra de Chihuahua, with impressive canyons that attract touristsis the scene of disputes between drug cartels for being a major drug trafficking route to the United States.
Some 30 priests have been murdered in the last decade in Mexicoaccording to the NGO Centro Católico Multimedial.