Prayers needed: Priest stabbed in the cathedral immediately after Mass [Update] 5/19/17

AMERICA/MEXICO –
 
Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Miguel Angel Machorro, who had just finished celebrating Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico D.F. was stabbed three times on the altar by a thirty-year-old man. According to witnesses, when the priest cried for help, some of the faithful immediately called for first-aid, while another group stopped the aggressor and waited for the arrival of the security forces.
The Mexican Episcopal Conference, according to information gathered by Fides, confirmed the serious incident and the name of the priest. The Archdiocese of Mexico, in a brief statement, firmly condemned the aggression and the Archbishop, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, asked to pray for the priest’s health, whose conditions are serious.
A first report by the Mexico City Security Secretariat informs only of the name of the attacker, John Rock Schild, without giving any news of his nationality or the reasons of the gesture. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 16/05/2017)

AMERICA/MEXICO – The priest attacked in the Cathedral is still in serious condition
Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) – The Archdiocese of Mexico published a statement on the health conditions of Father José Miguel Machorro Alcalá, 55, stabbed while celebrating Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral on Monday, May 15 (see Fides 16/05/2017).
According to the medical report of May 17, sent to Fides, “the priest’s entire right part of the body is paralysed as a result of the injury to the left side of the brain (stroke) caused by the severe haemorrhage that he suffered”.
On the morning of May 18, another medical report informs that “the neurological condition unfortunately has deteriorated and there is a lack of blood flow”.
Regarding the aggressor, the Attorney General of Mexico City informed that at the time of his arrest he said his name was John Rockschild and is of French origin, while his real name is Juan René Silva Martinez, and is originally from Matehuala, San Luis Potosí. It seems that Silva Martinez, 26, suffers from a psychotic disorder and is unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 19/05/2017)
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