Brazilian Catholic priest murdered in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Priest Brutally Murdered

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, JULY 27, 2005 ( The Diocese of Nova Iguacu buried a young priest, ordained only five years ago, who shot dead by unknown assailants.

On Monday the police found the body of Father Paulo Machado, 36, in his car, parked under a viaduct.

He was robbed of his watch, wallet and mobile phone, but the priest may have been targeted for his involvement in human rights activities, reported the Missionary News Service Agency.

The priest, who was buried on Tuesday, was known for his commitment to the relatives of 29 victims of a mass killing on March 31 in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

“It is a great loss,” said a note of the diocese, “Father Machado infected all those who approached him with his incomparable joy.”

JRM here: Rio is a violent city. But still it’s unusual for something like this to happen. It’s not unknown for priests involved in agrarian reform or other social projects to suffer violence in the interior towns, but in Rio it’s atypical.

As if murder were a subject to speak of as being typical or atypical.

J. Randal Matheny

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