Mexican priest stabbed at cathedral in May dies

| August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Rock Schild is seen handcuffed after being accused of stabbing Father Miguel Angel Machorro three times during Mass May 15 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and the Metropolitan Cathedral said Aug. 3 that Father Machorro has died. CNS photo/EPA

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera and the Metropolitan Cathedral said that Father Miguel Angel Machorro, stabbed at the altar while celebrating Mass May 15, has died.

A series of tweets from the cathedral and the cardinal early Aug. 3 said the priest had been declared brain dead Aug. 2. The cardinal prayed for the priest’s soul and his family.

In May, media reported that Father Machorro was stabbed three times. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. His condition initially was listed as “delicate, but stable.”

The suspect was arrested at the scene. Mexico City security officials said the suspect identified himself as John Rock Schild, an American citizen, “approximately 28 years old” and an artist.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a popular stop for tourists. It faces Zocalo Square in Central Mexico City and dates back to the 1500s. The police presence there is heavy due to the traffic and frequent protests in the vicinity.


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