The Vatican's diplomatic representative in Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre expressed over the January 26-27 weekend his solidarity with the anguish of the families of kidnap victims. He also expressed particular concern over the disappearance of a Catholic priest, Fr. Santiago Álvarez.
"In the diocese of Zamora there is a priest who disappeared a few days ago, he has disappeared and no one knows anything, but we know that this priest is one of thousands of people, thousands of families who are suffering like you," said Archbishop Pierre to reporters after celebrating a Mass which concluded the pilgrimage to the Cerro del Cubilete in Guanajuato. Almost 35,000 young people walked 10 miles while praying on their way to the summit of the hill where there is a monument to 'Cristo Rey,' Christ the King. The celebration was attended by several bishops and hundreds of priests. Young people in the pilgrimage called for an end of violence, insecurity, injustice and kidnapping.
Archbishop Pierre reported that he had met Fr. Alvarez just a few months ago, on the occasion of the appointment of the Auxiliary Bishop of Zamora. "I remember well, he was very nice and friendly, this is why I suffer and I share the pain of Mgr. Javier, the Bishop, but also the suffering of thousands of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, who do not know where their loved ones are. It is a tragedy. We all want a situation of greater justice, and to achieve justice we must all work at it, but it is not so easy. "
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.