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Mexican priest released unharmed by kidnappers

April 03, 2017

A Mexican priest who was kidnapped on March 28 has been released, the Fides news service reports.

Father Oscar Lopez Navarro, was reportedly exhausted but otherwise healthy after his release on March 30. He had been abducted from his parish residence in San José, Altamira.

The kidnappers had demanded a high ransom for the priest, but other clerics in the parish said that the sum was not paid. Bishop José Luis Dibildox Martinez of Tampico said that the safe release of Father Lopez Navarro was due to “not the amount of money but, I think, the prayer of so many people, the pressure on behalf of the media, and also the interest of the authorities.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 04, 2017 12:43 AM ET USA

    "...and also the interest of the authorities." This speaks volumes about the nature of the narco-trafficking terror in Mexico. My wife is in daily contact with family members in Mexico who have been reporting a new upswing in the number of narco-related murders and kidnappings. It is well-known in Mexico that this form of terror would not be so widespread if it did not have the implicit support of government authorities, both local and at higher levels.