Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 14, 2016 / 13:47 pm
The Mexican Conference of Bishops issued a statement acknowledging that Fr. José Luis Sánchez Ruiz, who was kidnapped Nov. 11 in his home state of Veracruz was found alive, but with visible signs of torture.
The statement, issued by the bishop of San Andrés Tuxtla, Bishop Fidencio López Plaza praised God for hearing their prayer, and confirmed that "Indeed, Father José Luis Sánchez Ruiz was abandoned with remarkable traces of torture."
Fr. Sánchez Ruiz is the 54 year-old pastor of the Parish of the Twelve Apostles in the diocese of San Andrés Tuxtla, located in the state of Veracruz. In recent months, priests have been the target of violence and kidnappings, particularly in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero and Michoacan. Since the election of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2012, at least 15 priests have been killed in the country.
Fr. Sánchez Ruiz is the third Catholic priest kidnapped in Veracruz since September, 2016, but the first found alive.