The Mexican Episcopal Conference has issued a statement decrying the kidnapping of 43 students by police, who reportedly handed them over to a drug cartel.The bishops stated, "We …
This is pretty shocking news, thought I’d just put it in one of the existing threads, elsewhere, I did see a picture of the kindly Priest. Pretty bad news.
** Body of Ugandan Priest Found in Mexican Mass Grave **
IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) - The body of a Roman Catholic priest from Uganda who went missing in southwestern Mexico has been found in a mass grave as authorities search for the remains of 43 missing trainee teachers feared massacred, the local diocese said on Friday.
The remains of the priest, identified as John Ssenyondo, were dug up about a week ago and identified by the recovered skull as well as dental records. He had been missing since May, the state attorney general’s office said.
News is always rolling in on events down there.
This story was originally from 2 days ago. Maybe it was already posted here.
What brutality, how evil to commit such an act. One more story that shows how seemingly bad it is there.
Ssenyondo was allegedly abducted by armed men after refusing to baptize a girl who was suspected of being the daughter of a local gangster, the spokesperson added.
An important part of this story. This is really bad down there.
I hadn’t heard of this story before. The details recapped by Wikipedia helped me a bit.
Here’s their thumbnail.
2014 Iguala mass kidnapping
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2014 Iguala mass kidnapping
Part of Mexican Drug War
On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, they had travelled to Iguala that day to hold a protest against what they considered to be discriminatory hiring and funding practices by the Mexican government. During the journey local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos (“United Warriors”) crime syndicate and presumably killed.
Mexican authorities believe Iguala’s mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa to be the probable masterminds of the abduction. Both of them fled after the incident, along with the town’s police chief, Felipe Flores Velásquez. The couple were arrested about a month later in Mexico City.
The events also led to attacks on government buildings, and the resignation of the Governor of Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, in the face of statewide protests. The mass kidnapping of the students arguably became the biggest political and public security scandal Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had faced during his administration. It led to nationwide protests, particularly in the state of Guerrero and Mexico City, and international condemnation.
On November 7, 2014, the Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam gave a press conference in which he announced that several plastic bags containing human remains, possibly those of the missing students, had been found by a river in Cocula, Guerrero. He said that 74 suspects had been arrested, including members of Guerreros Unidos who had confessed to killing the students and disposing of their remains. Investigations are underway to identify the remains.
Scary stuff. But it may call the people of Mexico to mind when we are praying and haven’t dedicated the prayer to anything in particular. :crossrc:
I agree. The future of the nation is at stake. I wonder how far a people will go before rising against their oppressors, be they an oppressed government or institutionalized criminal brutality.
It’s a complex situation.
In Guerrero, apparently that one party, seems it is called the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) rules that state and they seemed involved in the killing.
Yet, if one steps away from that, one sees many politicians have been killed in the upheaval of Mexico: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_politicians_killed_in_the_Mexican_Drug_War
This reflects that you probably do have a lot of honest politicians who end up getting killed for their trouble.
So that is why this is a mess, you have corruption in the Government but it is definitely not everyone. Add to that, some of these politicians as in Guerrero state where famously, Acapulco is, some of these politicians side with the criminal element and let’s be honest, if they don’t side with them, they themselves may end up being killed.
But this in Guerrero is being probably accurately described as a Watershed Event for such a brazen act to happen.
Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels - 11-18-14
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption. But some in the church think he goes too far.
MORELIA, Mexico—If you want to know about the Mexican priest Padre Gregorio López, first of all you need to know that his parish is located in the small city of Apatzingán, at the heart of a region in southern Mexico known as a fiefdom of the Knights Templar drug cartel. Then you need to know that he considers it his religious obligation to drive the cartel out of the city and out of the state of Michoacán.
Padre Goyo, as he is known to parishioners (Goyo is short for Gregorio), soon grew famous in the midst of this turmoil because of his straight talk and the occasional disclosures he made about public officials and the criminal underworld.
…He was born to a humble family of farmers in a village of 500 not far from Apatzingán, majored in philosophy in Morelia and studied theology for four years at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He speaks with the authority of a native of this land as well as the authority of priest.
Doctor Mireles, mentioned in the article as well, has been instrumental in helping towns and people defend themselves against criminal elements: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Manuel_Mireles_Valverde