On May 21, an 80-year-old man armed with a knife made an attempt to kill Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz, a resident of Durango, Mexico. The incident occurred in the sacristy of a cathedral shortly after the Sunday noon Mass. Following the attack, local authorities apprehended the man and took him into custody. Surviving the murder attempt, Armendáriz took to Twitter to express his gratitude to “God, the Most Holy Virgin, the Immaculate Conception, and the Holy Martyrs.” He acknowledged their protection against the aggression aimed at him, particularly noting that the incident occurred on the feast day of the Holy Martyrs.
Catholic News Agency reports:
An 80-year-old man wielding a knife tried to kill Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz of Durango, Mexico, on May 21. The attack took place in the cathedral sacristy after the Sunday noon Mass.
The man was later arrested by municipal authorities.
After the failed murder attempt, Armendáriz on Twitter thanked “God, the Most Holy Virgin, the Immaculate Conception, and the Holy Martyrs, who today on their feast day, have protected me from this aggression against my physical integrity in the sacristy of the Cathedral of Durango.”
“God bless everyone for their words of solidarity and their prayers,” he said.
Speaking later with local media, the prelate explained that after finishing Mass he went to the sacristy, where occasionally people come “to say hello, to consult, to chat.”
While he was speaking with someone, he recalled, the attacker “violently pulled me over on my left side” to ask if Armendáriz was the local bishop.
“With that I managed to see that he extended his arm full length, and I managed to see a weapon, a knife, in his hand. And he managed to get me here, at the top of the ribs, and I felt the sting, but I bent over so he couldn’t hurt me and pushed his arm down,” he recounted.
After the attack, the prelate was able to ascertain that “there was no such penetration of the piercing weapon, only the blow,” the result of the attempt to stab him.
According to Armendáriz, “besides the person’s lack of strength, I believe that something transcendent protected me.”
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