[Prayers Needed!] AMERICA/MEXICO – Priest kidnapped, a high ransom demand [Update] Priest kidnapped in Tamaulipas has been released

Tamaulipas (Agenzia Fides) – The Bishop of Tampico, His Exc. Mgr. José Luis Martinez Dibildox, reported yesterday, March 29, the kidnapping of 40-year-old Fr. Oscar Lopez Navarro.
According to the Bishop’s statements to the press, on Tuesday evening, March 28, the priest who carries out his ministry in the parish of San José Obrero, Altamira, was kidnapped at the entrance of the priests’ residence. The criminals have already contacted other priests with the request for a high ransom.
According to information sent to Fides, Mgr. Dibildox acknowledged that insecurity is increasing in Tamaulipas and has even reached the Church: “Unfortunately crime increases and many people have had to leave the city, move to other places. Until today they had respected the Church, but as we see, even priests are not respected, those who are giving their lives for the good, for the people”, said the Bishop.
Just a few days ago, on March 26, Fr. Felipe Carrillo Altamirano was killed in an attack, (see Fides 28/03/2017). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 30/03/2017)

[Update]

AMERICA/MEXICO – Priest kidnapped in Tamaulipas has been released
Tamaulipas (Agenzia Fides) – “Father Oscar Lopez Navarro, 40, was released on Thursday, March 30”, said the Bishop of the Diocese of Tampico in Tamaulipas, His Exc. Mgr. José Luis Dibildox Martinez. He informed the local press that although he has not yet spoken with the priest because he was exhausted and was resting after the bad experience, he is doing well.
With regard to the release, the Bishop, according to information sent to Fides, said: “It is not the amount of money but I think the prayers of so many people, the pressure on behalf of the media and also the interest of the authorities helped to solve this situation”. And stressed: “What matters is that he is well”.
According to a local radio station, the kidnappers had contacted the priests of the “Misioneros de Cristo mediador” community, who lead the parish of San José Obrero of Altamira, where Father Lopez Navarro carries out his pastoral service and asked for a very high figure as ransom. The priests said that it was impossible to collect this amount and did not file a complaint to the police for fear of endangering the life of the kidnapped priest. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2017)
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