The Bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico), His Exc. Mgr. José Raúl Vera López, O.P. announced the discovery of Fr. Joaquin Hernandez Sifuentes’ body, who was missing since 3 January.
the Mexican authorities confirmed that one of the three bodies found in
the state of Coahuila belongs to the priest.
During a meeting with
journalists, Mgr. Vera thanked the authorities for the work done and
reported that there are no details of what happened: time, place and the
reasons why the priest was murdered.
According to information sent to Fides, two people are currently held as
the alleged perpetrators of the crime, but they are still under
Mgr. Vera said that since he has been the Bishop of Saltillo, this is
the first time he has experienced a situation like this, and called on
citizens to realize that even members of the clergy can become victims
of any crime, not only simple citizens: "We live in a wrecked
environment, in a shattered society, and priests do not live under a
The Mexican Bishops' Conference, in a statement, expressed its condolences to the Bishop and to the priest's family.