Pope Francis strongly condemns the “gratuitous” assassination of an Ecuadorian presidential candidate
ROMAN — Pope Francis on Saturday strongly condemned the “unreasonable” assassination of an Ecuadorian presidential candidate and called on all Ecuadorians to work together for peace.
The first Latin American pope in history sent a telegram of condolence following the blatant assassination of Fernando Villavicencio at a political rally Wednesday in the capital, Quito. The murder of a man whose life was devoted to the fight against crime and corruption has focused global attention on the wave of violent deaths in Ecuador and the nation’s criminal vulnerability. This.
The Argentine Jesuit pope, who visited Ecuador in 2015 on one of the first trips of his pontificate, said he is praying for Villavicencio’s family and all Ecuadorians.
Likewise, in the face of suffering caused by unjustifiable violence, which he condemns with all his might, the Holy Father calls on all citizens and political forces to join in the effort. common for peace,” said the signed telegram. by the Vatican Secretary of State.
Ecuador has arrested six Colombian men in connection with the murders.