- Jan 22, 2021
The body of a priest was discovered in a remote forest in Burkina Faso four days after he was declared missing.
Just weeks before his killing, Father Ricardo Cortez had written to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops requesting economic help for his beloved seminary, damaged by tropical storms that barreled through Central America in 2020 and struggling from the economic effects of COVID-19.
El Salvador, in recent years, has had one of the highest crime rates in the world for a nation not at war.
Among the projects approved during an early November meeting of U.S. bishops was aid to a seminary in El Salvador whose rector was killed execution style in August on the side of a road as he headed to his home diocese to celebrate Mass.
As Brazil deals with a rising tide of violence during 2020, cases involving two missing priests have socked the country.
The funeral on Friday in Valtellina, Italy, for Father Roberto Malgesini was a testimony of how he lived: Modest, simple and – just as the family wanted – private.