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Philippine priest killed while preparing for Mass

Fr Richmond Villaflor Nilo of Cabanatuan Diocese was gunned down inside a chapel in Zaragoza on 10th June as he was about to celebrate Mass, reported ucanews.com.

Police said the priest was shot while he was putting on his alb. At least three shots were fired through the chapel’s window.

Fr Nilo became the fourth Catholic priest to be shot in the Philippines in the past six months and the second within a week, ucanews.com reported.

“No priest, and no human being for that matter, deserves to be killed with utter brutality, disrespect and impunity,” Bishop Sofronio Bancud of Cabanatuan said in a statement.

“To kill a priest for whatever motive or cause is not only un-Christian and inhuman, it is also un-Filipino,” he added.

Fr Nilo was parish priest of St Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza and financial administrator of the diocese at the time of his death.

Picture: Fr Richmond Villaflor Nilo of the Diocese of Cabanatuan, Philippines, became the fourth priest gunned down in the last six months as he was killed on 10th June while preparing to celebrate Mass inside the Nuestra Senora dela Nieve chapel in Zaragoza. He is pictured in an undated photo from his Facebook page. (CNS photo/Fr Nilo’s Facebook page).