.- The pastor of the Cathedral in the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, Father Luis Enrique Rojas, died on July 22 of injuries he sustained during a break-in at the Cathedral rectory.
Father Rojas, 76, had been in a hospital in Barranquilla since July 2, the day of the incident.
According to police, three persons attacked the priest in the attempted robbery, one of whom has been since detained as a suspect.
The attack on the priest, who had just celebrated 25 years as pastor of the Cathedral, was not the first such incident to occur in Colombia. According to the country’s Bishops’ Conference, since 1984 more than 100 priests and religious have been killed, including two bishops.