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Priest murdered in Negros

TANJAY (Mabuhay) : Father Antonio Magalso died of stab wounds on September 29 in the city of Tanjay in Negros Oriental in the central Philippines.

Fides reported that Father Nathaniel Gomez, the dean of St. Catherine’s College and a priest of the diocese of Dumaguete, said, “We are deeply shocked by the cold-blooded murder which is totally without reason. Father Magalso was a simple parish priest, much loved by his people, dedicated to the pastoral life.”

Father Gomez said that he cannot think of any reason why the 44-year-old Father Magalso would have anyone who wanted to kill him.

He noted that he was not involved in public advocacy or engaged in any controversies.

“The murder was not motivated by theft; the police are investigating,” Father Gomez explained. “Father Magalso was going to celebrate Mass in a village of his parish, when he was stabbed to death. He was brought to the hospital, but unfortunately was already dead.”

There were witnesses to the murder and a suspect has been taken in by police and questioned. The man has some mental deficiencies.

Bishop Julito Cortes scheduled a holy hour in all parishes to pray for Father Magalso and his murderer. 

The bishop visited Holy Cross parish, where Father Magalso was living, asking the people to show courage and pray, and live the moment in an atmosphere of penance and mercy.

Father Magalso was the coordinator of the Diocesan Commission of the Biblical Apostolate. 

“We are dismayed by this loss and also the people are very sad,” Father Gomez said.

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Father Magalso in the cathedral in Dumaguete on October 7 and his body was taken to his home village for burial.