Saturday, November 15, 2014

Uganda Priest Identified as one of the Bodies in Guerrero Fosa

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
 Fr. John Ssenyondo was reported missing by the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa.

The Catholic priest who disappeared in April, was found in a Guerrero fosa (clandestine grave), and buried with six other bodies.  The discovery was made a week ago in the search for the 43 missing normalistas students. 

It is believed that the priest was executed after he refused to baptize the daughter of a local narco leader.


John Ssenyondo was born in the year of 1958 in Masaka , Uganda.   He  arrived in 2009 settling in the town of Chilapa, Guerrero, as part of the Heart of Jesus Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ), joining  the clergy of the region, working with the indigenous population . First settling in the town of Santa Cruz , in Chilapa, then to the town of Nejapa where he officiated as a priest. 

A year before his murder, he had suffered an assault in his home by thugs robbing him and stealing his vehicle.

Authorities were quiet about his disappearance, giving no details.  And even with the latest finding, the city of Chilapa has not spoken publicly about the case and had not publicly demanded an investigation to determine the whereabouts of the priest.  The typically gritty Mexican Catholic Church was also silent, any information forwarded, was done so covertly and anonymously. 

The regional rector of the cathedral, Javier Casarrubias Carballido, has never commented on the missing Priest.

Mexico is a dangerous place for reporters and priests.  Priests are killed on a regular basis, with little fanfare outside local areas. For local authorities not to  acknowledge a missing priest, or call for an investigation is unusual, even for Mexico, but perhaps that is business as usual... in Guerrero.

His remains were  located in one of the graves where they found six bodies in Chilapa, a rural town about 35 minutes east of Chilpancingo. A skull,and other bones later identified as belonging to the missing priest were discovered with the bodies.

Authorities of Semefo (medical examiner) Guerrero report that  at the time of his disappearance, the priest was undertaking dental work, and the dental impressions created for the work, were used to facilitate a match to the remains.

Ssenyondo had been abducted by unknown gunmen, who blocked a road, then forcibly taken him. 

On April 30th Father Ssenyondo had traveled to the rural mountains of Guerrero, to celebrate mass. It was at that event he was asked to baptize the child.  The priest declined the request on grounds the sponsors were not married. 

Father Ssenyondo was killed by a bullet to the head.

sources:  sur acapulco-excelsior-facebook-despetar costa-"Pepe"

44 comments:

  1. He's been missing for how long and it never got any attention? At the same time, what is the point of baptizing when you're willing to kill because you sinned to procreate!

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    1. It received local attention, many priest are killed each year and news is not national or international.

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    2. It really surprises me given that on December 14th the news media will be broadcasting 24/7 the guadalupana making Mexico seem as the holy grail when it reality its hell on earth.

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  2. I am a Ugandan and a regular BB reader. Am 99% sure that Fr. John Ssengendo's family & the Catholic Mission here in Kampala do not know that the Man is dead. Am going to call the Local Arch Catholic Doicese ask them to read your story and call the mans family. Thanks Chivis. Thanks BB.

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    1. He was a good man, working with the most marginalized of people. What I find in Mexico is that the priests of Mexico are the bravest of men.

      My condolences to the family...

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    2. I just added information. Something ugly happening in this case aside from the obvious. If the family has not received word, if you can get word to them, tell them NOT to contact the rector or any catholic authority in guerrero. If you want to give them my email address, I can advise what I would do.
      chivis.martinez@hushmail.com

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    3. Any update on this? Was the family notified afterall?

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  3. If this is true, god does not exist.

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    1. God gave man free will. Otherwise he could have just made robots. Read the bible before spouting off some dumb shit

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    2. Thans Father Ahole

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    3. "Read the bible before spouting off some dumb shit" lmfao I have to read it so I know dumb shit when I see it? U said it buddy...

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    4. In a free will life miracles do not happen, so praying for survive is worthless.

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    5. The bible was at one time a necessity, now it's just a folk tale. God does exist, but you will not find a trace of him in the bible...additionally quit bringing God into shit like this purple like you that sir up shit like in the middle east.

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  4. You know it's REAL bad in Mexico, when a Catholic priest from war-torn Africa manages to survive in Africa, but winds up butchered in Mexico.

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    1. Most cartel members consume the poison they traffic, they're minds and temperaments are not stable. I do not approve of the drug trade but high ranking king pins should eliminate atrocious acts against humanity like these by exterminating scum like this priests executioner. "No women, children and innocents"! This might sound ignorant but the big bosses should drug screen their 'chalanes' and this surely would decrease the violence because we all know getting rid of the drug trade will never happen. The people could care less if weight was being moved around and no innocents were killed but when you have juniors out there high on their on product plus the Gov exterminating unarmed civilians this feeds the revolution that should upend top officials in Mex and people will rise and fight the cartels.

      MyHumble2cents

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  5. Why doesn't the global Catholic Church draw more attention to the violence in Mexico? Are they on the take too? Courageous priests get butchered and Rome stays silent!

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    1. The middle east is even worse. Africa is bad. China worse still. Sadly we have many enemies. Power craving government hate us. Please pray for all Christians who are in danger.

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    2. Late last week Pope Francis made a statement on the biggest stage the Catholic Church has in front of a large crowd ,and live for the world to see at the Vatican! He denounced the killings of the students, the coverup, and the Drug culture of Mexico Specifically!!! If that's not big to you it was huge to me!!! He made Mexico turmoil the most important topic that morning!!! You need to get out. The phone with CNN, BBC, FOX NNEWS REUTERS, AND AL JAZERA to put the information out there! PEOPLE ARE FED UP AND ITS SAD THAT CRIMINALS ARE RUINING THE GOOD PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THIS WORLD LIVES!!!

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  6. the articles title made it seem he didn't want to baptize the kid because it was a narcos baby but really it was because the parents weren't married

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    1. what you talking bout willis? there is no mention of narcos in the title.
      learn to read. nothing about the parents not being married either. go back and read slowly or have someone read it for you

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    2. No, it was because the, sponsors(Padrinos), were not married. Not the parents.

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    3. Dum ^ padrinos dont have to be married to be one

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    4. Its funny, but the traditional padrinos were always married, and still often are, But I never knew it to be a requirement, that said, I just put the info in the story as it is what is consistently said

      strange, I am finding that detail hard to believe.

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    5. It isn´t a requirement, I´m certain, that detail in the story has to be off, there has to be something else there

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  7. How can one baptize a child of Satan? I believe an exorcism was in order.

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    1. my thoughts exactly, how can animals like these killers ridicule religion and pretend they are right and absolute when they violate every single tenet of the Holy Book. absolution for these scum animals are only in the eyes of God, and maybe He can't even grant that. one cannot beg for mercy and ask God to help them in the last moments of their lives after they spent their whole rotten vermin ridden wasted lives on murdering, raping, kidnapping, torturing and other inexplicable acts of violence. may God only pass them for an eternity in Hell with the feeling of pain forever with no forgiveness and absolution. may they all rot in Hell forever.

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    2. 11:17 you sound like one of them.

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    3. May they all R.I.P. --- Rest In Pure HELL!!!!!!

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    4. i think u meant ROT in pure Hell cuz we dont want them resting anywhere, they need suffering

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    5. 12:07 u must be a cartel lover. U glorify what the cockroaches do? He may sound like one but I agree they need to rot for ever in hell. After what they have done to innocent people for no reason, maybe u are one of them.

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    6. I am on board I fully agree with what you say, I am quasi religious but do have beliefs. My hopes are ppl like that live eternity in Purgatory full of pain torment and to suffer for their misdeeds.

      If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your father will not forgive the wrongs you have done." Matthew 6:14,15 (Today’s English Version Bible).

      May they enjoy their trip and future residence in Hell. :)

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    7. I believe there is a God and I believe those that disobey the word until their ultimate demise should not be forgiven for their acts against humanity. May they all enjoy burning in hell.

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    8. I read in the Book someplace: Do not be misled, God is not one to be mocked. Whatever a man is sowing, so shall he reap.

      Nothing will stop them from getting what they worked so hard their whole rotten lives to deserve. Nothing.

      Biblically speaking that is.

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  8. Dear reader concerned about Hushmail. You need to go back and re-read your information. Yes, the US was able to access the emails of the person who was convicted, but they had to present information via canadian court, including evidence of the suspects criminality.

    I have no concerns about the government wanting to prosecute me for crimes and thereby being able to access my emails backlogs. I am following protocol advised for my safety and that of my staff. Nothing is 100%, but I am not worried and the least of it my emails.

    the company that was under investigation was illegal chinese companies mfg and trafficking steroids and drugs.

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  9. Nunca imagine que estuvieran tan feas las cosas en guerrero ya matan hasta padres. Ahor si dios le mandara su castigo.

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  10. Did anyone hear the threats Enrique Pena neto said on national TV?

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  11. Mexico is beyond help.

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  12. Boy is life ever cheap in Mexico.You can be assassinated if you look at someone the wrong way.Imagine a Priest probably following church protocol and refusing to baptize gets murdered for it.They only had to find someone else that would baptize.Wasnt the end of the world.Most of the murders that happen in my region are people with mental health issues like voices whether they are induced with self medications like alcohol and drugs I don't know.You would never get away with that shit up here{killing an innocent].We have rule of law.Guess they do it there because theres no consequences.Its called IMPUNITY.Makes me sick and totally pissed off.

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  13. I guess the priest did not buy the book on how to survive in Mexico. It might have helped him in his trip. Hey Chivis you didn't post my original comment. Oh well, it might be too much for others to comprehend. C'est la vie. Only in Mexico.

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  14. Dayum! Survive Idi Amin & those Lords Resistance psychos just to be killed ... by Mexicans. ¡Que lástima!

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  15. This is what happens when you are dealing with a country that concentrates on Santa Muerte more than Catholism. Not to say Catholism is any better but at least Catholics value life. More people have died in the name of religion than any other topic or issues. The trend continues...

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  16. La santa muerte, the brideof the nazis, of pinochet and all the fascist forces around the world, is not revered by all of the mexicans, mostly only by narcs and kaibiles disciples...

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