For him assassination of two Jesuit priests in the municipality of Urique, in Chihuahua, various civil and religious associations have condemned the brutal acts and demand that the bodies be recovered immediately of the clerics who were abducted after their execution.
Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín César Mora were assassinated on Monday, June 20 when they tried to help a man who sought refuge inside a church in the Cerocahui community, after being chased by armed men.
In this religious temple three people lost their lives: the two priests aged 79 and 81as well as the civilian they tried to help, authorities confirmed.
About, the Society of Jesus demanded justice for their killed brothers and assured that this murder was not an isolated incidentsince there is a strong presence of organized crime in the Sierra Chihuahuense.
“We condemn these violent acts, we demand justice and the recovery of the bodies of our brothers who were abducted of the temple by armed persons (…) The Sierra Tarahumara, like many other regions of the country, faces conditions of violence and oblivion that have not been reversed”
For this reason, they also requested that the safety of the entire Cerocahui community be guaranteed. Likewise, the general of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, expressed his pain at the murder of both priests. “I am dismayed and saddened by this news,” he commented, while expressing his condolences to the Jesuit community in Mexico and the relatives of the victims.
The Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM) joined the outrage expressed by the Jesuit company Mexico. They publicly condemned that, “among so much death and crime that is experienced in the country,” these events have occurred against two priests; In addition, they asked for the case to be investigated and demanded security for both the community and all the priests in the country.
These violent events, which even reached the Vatican news portal, they were also condemned by the Primate Archdiocese of Mexico, which requested the cessation of the violence that exists in the country, as well as by the Diocese of Tarahumara, since both clerics were part of their congregation.
“Not satisfied with killing them, the murderers have taken their bodies, suffering the same fate as so many disappeared, leaving a trail of pain, sadness and indignation in all of us who love them and we would like to pay them the tribute they deserve with a body present funeral”
The Diocese described as “absurd” the death of the priests, which are added to those of thousands of Chihuahuans in the last ten years due to insecurity and organized crime in the region. Similarly, they demanded religious “conversion” for the perpetrators.
Civil associations indicated that these events reflect the violent wave that Mexico is facing, where in 2021 there were 33,316 homicides. And it is that According to the organization Centro Católico Multimedial, in the last decade 30 priests have been assassinated in the country.
In that sense, Senator Emilio Álvarez Icaza spoke about it and condemned the acts perpetrated by alleged members of drug trafficking and indicated that he wished governments would deal with more than just elections. “The decomposition of the country advances, the pain too,” he said.
The former president of MexicoFelipe Calderón, also joined the condolences sent to the relatives of the priests and attributed the brutal murder to organized crime which, he assures, controls the Sierra Tarahumara.
For her part, the president of the Board of Directors of the Senate, Olga Sánchez Cordero, senator Xóchitl Gálvez, producer Epigmenio Ibarra and activist Isabel Miranda de Wallace They joined the demands through which they demand justice so that these acts do not go unpunished.
While, the governor of Chihuahua, Maru Campos, lamented the murders of the two Jesuit priests that occurred this Monday in his temple in the community of Cerocahui, in the Sierra Tarahumara region.
“I regret and condemn the events that occurred in Cerocahuiin which the Jesuit priests, Javier Campos and Joaquín Mora, lost their lives”, wrote the state president through her Twitter account. Twitter.
In addition, he indicated that personally attended the security and coordination protocols between the security corporations “to guarantee the protection of the religious who are in the area. I communicated with the priests and authorities to give timely follow-up of the actions to follow, ”he added.
In his press conference this Tuesday, June 21, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lamented this crime and recognized that in the Sierra Tarahumara there is a strong presence of organized crime. “It seems that there is information about the possible perpetrators of these crimes. It’s the only thing we know,” he noted.
Nevertheless, So far there are no reports of anyone arrested for these events.as well as the identification of the alleged aggressors.
Information in development…