June 30, 2022

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Bodies of slain Jesuit priests found in Mexico | The world

Mexican authorities on Wednesday found the bodies of two Jesuit priests and a tour guide who were killed Monday at a church in the northern state of Chihuahua.

“We were able to find and recover the bodies of Javier Campos, Joaquin Mora and tour guide Pedro Palma,” Chihuahua Governor Maru Campos said in a video on social media.

The identities of the victims have already been confirmed by forensic experts, while the state attorney’s office announced a reward of about $ 250,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

The man was identified as 30-year-old Jose Norial Portillo, nicknamed “El Suko”, and he was already wanted in connection with the murder of an American tourist in 2018.

Priests Campos, 79, and Mora, 81, were shot dead Monday in the mountain town of Xerogahui in Chihuahua province as they tried to protect a tourist guide who had sought refuge in their church. As the Society of Jesus.

After killing two religious and a tour guide, the attacker, along with other armed men, took the bodies of the victims. A religion that witnessed the crimes begged the perpetrators to leave the body, but that did not happen.

At his weekly public meeting, Pope Francis expressed regret and bewilderment for the crime against his so-called brothers who had done their work in the Tarahumara tribal communities.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lபpez Obrador confirmed Wednesday that the military is searching for the killer, who was identified by a third priest at the temple.

According to experts, the Chihuahua Mountains, with its impressive valleys that attract tourists, are a major route for drug trafficking to the United States, leading to clashes between drug trafficking gangs.

About 30 priests have been killed in the last decade MexicoAccording to NGO Centro Catolico Multimedia.

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