Young priest assassinated in Brazil
Fr. Adriano da Silva Barros, parish vicar of São Simão parish in Simonésia was found dead on the night of the 14th of October, in the vicinity of the City of Manhumirim, in eastern Minas Gerais State.
The Diocese of Caratinga, in Brazil, declared to the faithful the violent death of the priest in the following publication:
“The Diocese of Caratinga informs with great regret the death of Fr. Adriano da Silva Barros, parish vicar of São Simão parish, in Simonésia, MG. Fr. Adriano had disappeared in the early afternoon of the 13th of October, when he was last seen in Reduto-MG. On the night of 14th, his lifeless body was found in the vicinity of the City of Manhumirim. The initial hypothesis, still under investigation by the police authorities, is that he was the victim of an armed robbery.”
The priest was 36 years old, and he had been ordained a priest five months before his death. A first police report indicates that he was killed with a knife, but the body was then set on fire. A farmer in the rural area of Manhumirin, seeing the fire from afar, raised the alarm, according to Fides news agency reports.