Fr. Arturo López, 77, was brutally beaten by three masked men during an assault on Wednesday at the rectory of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church in Coslada, a city in Spain's Community of Madrid.
The three unidentified men tied up and assaulted Fr. Lopez when they
entered his rectory Feb. 22 to steal valuables and money around 8:50 pm.
The criminals used a rope to bind the priest in one of the rooms.
One of the assailants threatened and beat the priest to give them
money while the other two searched the house. As the priest later
reported, the assailants spoke perfect Spanish and did not seem to be
According to El Mundo, officers of the National Police from Coslada
who are investigating the assault described the attack on the parish
priest as “brutal.” He had to be taken to the hospital because of
injuries from the beating to his face and head.
Fr. Arturo was given stitches and underwent medical tests to see if
he had suffered any brain damage. He was kept in the hospital overnight
and was discharged Thursday since no complications were noted.
The assailants took more than 800 euros ($845), various keys, and the
priest's cell phone. It is currently being investigated if they went
into the church to take valuables.
The assailants left the rectory after about 25 minutes, leaving the
priest tied up.
However, Fr. Arturo was able to free himself from the
ropes and notify the police, who found him stunned and bloodied.
Fr. López belongs to the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, and has served in Coslada since 1993.