An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed.
The Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where two priests were murdered on 5th February, said in a statement that the nuns from the “Comunidad Guadalupana” (Guadalupe Community) had withdrawn because of a lack of security, leaving a school it operated in the city of Chilapa without staff.
Schools in Chilapa had suspended classes from September to December because of the insecurity, the statement said.
The nuns’ withdrawal from Chilapa is but the latest hardship for the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, which serves parts of southern state of Guerrero, where the heroin trade has exploded in recent years. At least six priests have been murdered there since 2009.
Two priests, Frs Germain Muniz García and Ivan Anorve Jaime, were shot dead as they drove back from Candlemas celebrations with four other passengers, three of whom were injured.
Picture: Armed members of the Mexican Army and state police arrive in Chilapa in 2016 to participate in an operation against organised crime. An order of nuns has withdrawn from the especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed. (CNS photo/Francisca Meza, EPA).