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Bishop Mario Delpini of Milan 

Priest killed in Mexico City

A 71-year-old priest was found murdered on July 5 in suburban Mexico City, marking another attack on clergy in a country with a soaring homicide rate. Fr Luis Lopez Villa, pastor of the St Isidro Labrador, was discovered in his home, his hands tied and stabbed in the neck.

The Mexico state prosecutor’s office said assailants had entered the parish residence to commit robbery.

Fr Lopez was the 18th priest murdered since December 2012, when President Enrique Pena Nieto took power.

Church officials expressed alarm at the rising violence in the country and the attacks on priests.

Auxiliary Bishop Alfonso Miranda Guardiola of Monterrey, secretary-general of the Mexican bishops’ conference, told the newspaper Reforma: “Priests are part of the citizenry, and at the national level we are going through the same difficulties of so much violence that has not ceased.”


Bicycling bishop to head Europe’s biggest diocese

Milan’s Auxiliary Bishop Mario Delpini of Milan is to succeed Cardinal Angelo Scola as Archbishop of Milan and head of Europe’s largest diocese. Bishop Delpini is known as a hard-working, humble, and strong pastor who travels around the city by bicycle and lives in a small apartment in a priests’ residence. Born near the city in 1951, he was ordained a priest in 1975 and has degrees in literature, theology, and theological science and patristics. He was appointed bishop in 2007.