Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral

Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral

Priest stabbed during Mass at Mexico City cathedral

Zocalo and the Mexican City Metropolitan Cathedral. (Credit: Saul Trabanca via Flickr; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)

A Mexican priest was stabbed in the neck Monday evening at Mexico City’s cathedral while he was blessing the congregation with holy water, according to government and church authorities. This is one of many recent attacks against priests in Mexico, and the priest is now stable but in intensive care.

 A Mexican priest is in “delicate but stable” condition after being stabbed in the neck Monday evening at Mexico City’s cathedral, according to government and church authorities.

Father José Miguel Machorro Alcalá, 55, was stabbed in the neck and torso May 15 at the conclusion of saying Mass at the cathedral.

Witnesses reported that it appeared the attacker’s intention was to slit the priest’s throat.

Authorities detained a suspect at the scene who had reportedly attempted to flee the cathedral. The suspect has been identified as John Rock Schild, who identified himself as an artist from the United States. He is believed to be about 30 years of age.

At a news conference, the lawyer of the Archdiocese of Mexico, Armando Martínez, asked for prayers for the priest and said the motive for the attack was still unclear.

“We cannot talk about terrorism, we cannot talk about motives, because we obviously have no significant facts,” he said.

In a radio interview Tuesday morning, archdiocesan spokesman Hugo Valdelomar said the attack occurred as Machorro was blessing the congregation with holy water. He said the priest suffered severe injuries to his neck and near his lung.

Machorro was transferred by helicopter to a private hospital. He was operated on, and is now stable but in intensive care, according to the Mexico City archdiocese.

Masses at the cathedral are continuing at regularly scheduled hours.

The attack is one of many recent attacks against priests in Mexico. Drug trafficking has led to increased murder and kidnapping in the country. In recent years, 17 priests have been murdered and many others have been kidnapped or assaulted.

Related Post

Mexico quake leaves country’s historic churches battered On the first Sunday since the earthquake, priests in Mexico no longer able to say Mass inside collapsing churches instead held services outside paying...
Mexico City archdiocese offers free medical care for earthquake victims Health care law in Mexico requires that medical services are provided on a sliding scale, considering the ability of patients to pay. In light of the ...
Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake After a devastating 7.1 earthquake, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City asked all parishes in the impacted areas, along with priests, reli...

Latest Stories

Most Read

Latest Stories

Related Post

Mexico quake leaves country’s historic churches battered On the first Sunday since the earthquake, priests in Mexico no longer able to say Mass inside collapsing churches instead held services outside paying...
Mexico City archdiocese offers free medical care for earthquake victims Health care law in Mexico requires that medical services are provided on a sliding scale, considering the ability of patients to pay. In light of the ...
Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake After a devastating 7.1 earthquake, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City asked all parishes in the impacted areas, along with priests, reli...