JUSTICE remains elusive for slain Filipino Catholic priest Richmond Nilo two years after his gruesome murder in his parish in the Diocese of Cabanatuan.
On June 10, the second anniversary of the priest’s killing, Masses were offered in all parishes in the diocese as the faithful renewed calls for justice.
“[Father Nilo] inspired us to love and defend our Catholic faith passionately,” read a statement from the diocese.
“We continue to pray that justice may be rightfully served for him,” it added.
The slain priest was known for his passion in defending the Catholic faith when he was still alive.
Father Robert dela Cruz of the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de las Saleras in Aliaga town said Father Nilo’s killing might be linked with his being an apologist for the Church.
“We all know his passion in defending our faith,” said the priest during Mass in his parish as he called on the faithful to pray for persecuted Christians in other parts of the world.
“We need to speak and stand up especially when our faith is trampled upon,” said Father Dela Cruz.
Father Nilo was gunned down inside the Nuestra Senora dela Nieve chapel in Zaragoza town while he was putting on his alb to start the Mass on June 10, 2018
Father Nilo became the fourth Catholic priest to be shot in the Philippines from December 2017 to the middle of 2018.
On June 6, 2018, Father Rey Urmeneta of Saint Michael the Archangel parish in Calamba City survived an attack by two gunmen.
On April 29, a lone gunman shot dead Father Mark Ventura, parish priest of Gattaran town in the northern Philippines, after he finished celebrating Sunday Mass.
On Dec. 4, 2017, Father Marcelito Paez was shot and killed in the town of Jaen, also in Nueva Ecija province.
Father Nilo was parish priest of Saint Vincent Ferrer parish in Zaragoza town and financial administrator of the diocese at the time of his death.
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