Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 11, 2017 / 10:54 am
For the ninth year in a row, Mexico is the most violent country in Latin America for priests, said a report from the Catholic Multimedia Center.
The report covers 2012 to 2017, which aligns with the presidency of current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. During this time, 19 priests and two lay persons were murdered, and two priests reported as missing.
"This year, 2017 specifically, has been disastrous for the priesthood in Mexico," the Catholic Multimedia Center reported. "Four murders, two thwarted kidnappings, two iconic attacks, one at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City and the other at the Offices of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, as well as hundreds of threats and extortions of priests and bishops."
"This is a sad scenario which makes us assert that things are far from getting better," they said.