With deep sorrow, the Global Catholic Climate Movement sends its condolences to the loved ones and Franciscan family of Fr. Juan Antonio Orozco.

Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado, O.F.M., belonged to the Franciscan Province of Saints Francis and James in Mexico and was also a JPIC animator.

Known in the community as Father Juanito, he had recently begun his pastoral work. He was also the composer of the Hymn of the Laudato Si’ Revolution.

A few days ago, while on his way to celebrate the Eucharist in a community in the state of Durango, he was the victim of an armed confrontation between organized crime cartels that are in dispute over territory in that area.

Various religious organizations have joined together to raise their voices and demand justice from the authorities to protect and defend the right to life of all people.

As a Catholic community we recognize that life is not only an asset, but also a gift that has been given by God and must be respected above all else.