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Priest stabbed at the altar while celebrating Mass in Mexico city

17 May 2017 | by Catholic News Service

Father Machorro was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. His condition is listed as "delicate, but stable"

A priest was stabbed at the altar while celebrating Mass in Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral on 15 May.

The priest, Father Miguel Angel Machorro, was stabbed three times, according to media reports. The assault left the priest lying on the ground, with blood soaking his clothes. He was stabbed in the neck, and some witnesses said it seemed to be an attempt to cut his throat, said La Jornada newspaper.

Father Machorro was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. His condition was listed as "delicate, but stable," according to media reports.

The suspect was arrested at the scene. Mexico City security officials said the suspect identified himself as John Rock Schild, an American citizen, "approximately 28 years old" and an artist.

In a tweet, Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera offered prayers for the injured priest, "so that he is healthy and returns to his normal duties."

At a news conference, the lawyer of the archdiocese, Armando Martínez, told people to pray for Father Machorro.

"We cannot talk about terrorism, we cannot talk about motives because we obviously have no significant facts," he said.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a popular stop for tourists. It faces Zocalo Square in Central Mexico City and dates back to the 1500s. The police presence there is heavy due to the traffic and frequent protests in the vicinity.

 

PICTURE: John Rock Schild is seen handcuffed after stabbing Father Miguel Angel Machorro three times during Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City on 15 May. The priest is listed in "delicate, but stable" condition, according to media reports.



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