MX - Father José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña, 57, victim of double homicide near U.S.-Mexico border, 15 May 2022


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Priest killed near US-Mexico border - Catholic News Agency
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The body of Father José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña, 57, has been found with signs of violence on the outskirts of Tecate, a city located on the border with the United States in the Mexican state of Baja California. There are no suspects in the killing.

Rivas Saldaña was the pastor of Saint Jude Thaddeus parish in Tecate, about 30 miles east of Tijuana, directed Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant House, and was advisor to the local charismatic renewal movement.

According to the local press, the body of the priest was found with multiple blows earlier this week on the outskirts of Tecate, along with the body of another unidentified man beaten beyond recognition.


In October 2018, another priest of the Tijuana archdiocese was murdered. The body of Father Ímar Arturo Orta, who was pastor of St. Louis parish in Tijuana, was found in an abandoned car with several bullet wounds, after he had been missing several days.

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Additional Spanish-language coverage:

Un sacerdote y otra persona son asesinados en Tecate, Baja California – Animal Politico
Es homicidio el caso del sacerdote de Tecate, José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña y acompañante – El Mexicano
Sacerdote encargado de la Casa del Migrante en Tecate, BC, es asesinado a golpes – Sin Embargo