Catholic priest murdered in Nicaragua

Fr Francisco Blandon

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has noted the violent killing of one of its project partners in Nicaragua, Father Francisco Blandón, reports The Catholic Weekly.

Fr Blandon was the parish priest of the church of the Immaculate Conception in Wiwilí, Nicaragua, who was shot dead on Sunday April 6. 

He was struck by two bullets, one in the abdomen and the other in the heart. Father Francisco was a delegate of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Association and a specialist in Canon Law for the diocese of Jinotega.

Early investigations suggest that his attacker may have been mentally unstable, since he also shot and killed his girlfriend, who had come to the presbytery to seek advice and help. 

It seems possible that Fr Francisco may have been shot while trying to protect the girl from her boyfriend’s attempts to shoot her. He had been parish priest here for four years and was greatly loved by the people, who often came to him seeking advice and guidance. 

Photo: Father Francisco Blandon distributing holy communion during Mass at the parish of the Immaculate Conception in Wiwili last December

FULL STORY Catholic priest murdered while working in Nicaragua (The Catholic Weekly)

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