Statement on the murder of two priests in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, Mexico

by Jun 21, 2022Blog, Reflections, Words for Life0 comments

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word join the Society of Jesus in condemning the murders of two Jesuit priests in the community of Cerocahui, Chihuahua. With deep pain and consternation, we received the news of the murder and subsequent disappearance of the brother priests Javier Campos Morales, S.J. and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, S.J., which occurred on Monday, June 20th, within the San Francisco Javier Parish of the Cerocahui community. We condemn the violence of the murders and the cruelty involved in the disappearance of their bodies, a practice that has been normalized in the country in recent decades, an exercise of direct violence against families and communities that are not even allowed to say goodbye to their loved ones. Violence that doubles its blow and walks around unpunished, spilling over against the most vulnerable people.

We condemn this violence, far too common, against all civil society and against the people who, like our brothers, have devoted their lives to serving our communities impoverished by inequality and affected by social chaos.

We demand that the corresponding authorities immediately recover the bodies of our brother priests, as well as that of the layman, also murdered in the same events. We demand prompt justice in the Sierra Tarahumara and throughout the Mexican Republic to recover the Peace to which all people are entitled.

We are aware that this pain that we are experiencing today as a Church is not an isolated pain in our society. And although sometimes prayer seems not to be enough, we trust our faith and believe that through prayer we will be able to raise our voices to ask and to work for a fairer, more solidary, and peaceful world.


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