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Priest murdered in Mexico

July 24, 2013

Father Ignacio Cortez Álvarez, a 56-year-old parish priest, was murdered in his rectory in Ensenada, a coastal city of 700,000 located 80 miles south of San Diego in Baja California.

La Voz de la Frontera, a Baja California newspaper, reported that the priest was likely the victim of a violent nighttime robbery, as a van, money, and other items were missing. A recent rash of thefts at the parish, including thefts of statues of saints, had led the priest to lock the church when it was not in use.

Father Cortez Álvarez was ordained to the priesthood in 1988, according to the Fides news agency.


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