Loading
Priest who worked for human rights murdered in Philippines

.- Father Cecilio Lucero, 48, was killed Sunday during an ambush by 30 men wearing ski masks. The priest was making his way to the city of Catarman in the northern region of the Philippines.

Fr. Lucero's was accompanied by Isidro Miras and police officer Eugene Bation at the time of the attack. Miras was critically wounded in the attack, while Bation was able to return fire, causing the assailants to flee.
 
Bishop Emmanuel Trance of Catarman urged officials to work to stop attacks on priests and Christian believers. 

He said Father Lucero had received a series of threats because of his work in defense of human rights.  The priest had publicly denounced the practice of vigilante executions that anonymous armed groups have been carrying out in the country. He was aware of the threats against him and for this reason he asked Eugene Bation, who is a police officer, to accompany him on his travels. 
 
Police reports indicated that Father Lucero died of a gunshot wound to the head.  “If it is possible to kill a priest in this way, this murder will cause terror among citizens,” Bishop Trance warned.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

3D Church mapping
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Jul
29

Liturgical Calendar

July 29, 2014

Saint Martha

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 11:19-27

Gospel
Date
07/29/14
07/28/14
07/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 14: 17-22
Gospel:: Jn 11: 19-27

Saint of the Day

St. Martha »

Saint
Date
07/29/14
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Jn 11:19-27

Homily
Date
07/29/14
07/28/14
07/27/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: