Mexican Pastor Shot to Death While Preaching

ChurchLeaders | 8/21/2019 | Staff
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A Mexican pastor was shot at close range while he was preaching the Sunday morning service at his church, Fraternidad Cristiana in Oaxaca, last weekend. Pastor Alfrery Líctor Cruz Canseco died on the way to the hospital. His death represents a concerning trend of church leaders being targeted by criminal groups in Mexico.

“The fact that he was targeted while in the pulpit is particularly shocking,” Mervyn Thomas, the Chief Executive of the watchdog group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said in a statement.

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CSW is calling attention to the fact that Pastor Cruz Canseco is just one of a handful of pastors who have been the target of attacks lately. “Many criminal groups view church leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, and their influence, as a threat to their power,” CSW’s statement says. The lack of action on the part of the Mexican authorities to combat the attacks is also concerning. “A lack of proper investigation means perpetrators are not brought to justice,” CSW explains.

Luis Herrera of the Coordination of Christian Organisations in Chiapas (COOC) says, “[It is] terrible what is happening, it seems to me that it is now very complicated to be able to guarantee security to the brothers who do something for the good of others.”

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Another pastor in a city near the U.S.-Mexico border was kidnapped earlier this month. Pastor Aarón Méndez Ruiz directs a migrant shelter, Casa del Migrante AMAR, in the city Nuevo Laredo. The shelter houses up to 450 migrants at a time and is currently home to some Cuban migrants. Violent criminals have discovered that...
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