Priest gunned down after celebrating Mass in Cagayan

News Philippines May 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm
Fr. Mark Ventura durinbg Mass on April 29, 2018

Fr. Mark Ventura durinbg Mass on April 29, 2018

By Raymund Villanueva
Kodao Productions

Another Roman Catholic priest was killed, this time in far north Luzon.

Fr. Mark Ventura, former rector of the Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary of Aparri, was gunned down Sunday morning after celebrating Holy Mass in Barangay Peña West, Gattaran, Cagayan.

The Seminary made the announcement on its Facebook page and posted photos of the murdered priest still wearing his cassock.

Ventura was lying on his right side beside the altar. It was apparent he was getting ready to take off his vestments when shot by still unknown assailants.

The killing recalls the murder by suspected state forces of St. Oscar Romero, Archbishop of Salvador, El Salvador, who was also killed while celebrating Mass at a Hospital Chapel.

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