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Mexican priest killed in crossfire on way to say Mass

A priest was killed in a hail of bullets while he was on his way to celebrate Mass in north central Mexico Saturday.

Franciscan Fr. Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado, 33, apparently got in the way of rival drug gang gunfire. Several other people were also killed.

The priest was on his way to pay a pastoral visit to the community of Tepehuana de Pajaritos.

“Some armed members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa cartel began to attack each other,” Fides, information of the Pontifical Mission Societies, reported. “The priest and the small group of faithful of the community who had welcomed him and were going to church with him, found themselves in the middle of the fight.”

Fr. Orozco, originally from Monclova, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, was a parish priest in Santa Lucía de la Sierra, in the municipality of Valparaíso, Zacatecas. “Padre Juanito,” as he was known, had just begun his pastoral work in the area six months ago. 

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