Manila, Philippines, Jun 11, 2018 / 14:22 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A Catholic priest in the Philippines was shot and killed in a chapel as he prepared to celebrate Sunday Mass on June 10, local police said.
Father Richmond Nilo is the third priest to be killed in the Philippines in the past six months. Another priest survived an assassination attempt in another part of the country on June 6.
Two unidentified gunmen shot Father Nilo four times through a window of Nuestra Senora de la Nieve Chapel in Zaragoza in the late afternoon, an initial police investigation indicated. The shooting left a pool of blood below the statue of the Virgin Mary, reported the Associated Press.
“We are deeply saddened and terribly disturbed that another priest is brutally killed,” said Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao in a June 11 statement released by the Filipino Bishops’ Conference.
“We make our appeal once again to the police authorities to act swiftly in the investigation and to go after the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice.”