Missing Mexican priest found alive, tortured
A priest whose disappearance sparked protests in an eastern Mexican town was found alive on Sunday but with injuries consistent with torture, the Catholic Church said. Father Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had last been seen on Thursday, and the next day the doors to his church in Catemaco, a town in the eastern state of Veracruz, had signs of forced entry. His disappearance sparked fears that he had suffered the same fate as two other priests who were found dead in Veracruz in September shortly after their disappearance. But the archdiocese of San Andres Tuxtla said in a statement that Sanchez Ruiz, 54, was found on Sunday morning “with notable signs of torture.” After his disappearance, townspeople blocked roads in protest on Friday night. On Saturday, protesters burned part of Catemaco’s municipal office and a police car. Sanchez Ruiz had received threats after complaining about crime in Catemaco.