Father Rivas Saldaña tortured, killed outside Tecate
Last seen alive May 15

2023-11-29T12:10:30-08:00May 20th, 2022|Church life|

The body of Father José Guadalupe Rivas Saldaña, 57, has been found with signs of violence on the outskirts of Tecate, a city located on the border with the United States in the Mexican state of Baja California. There are no suspects in the killing.

Rivas Saldaña was the pastor of Saint Jude Thaddeus parish in Tecate, about 30 miles east of Tijuana, directed Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant House, and was advisor to the local charismatic renewal movement.

According to the local press, the body of the priest was found with multiple blows earlier this week on the outskirts of Tecate, along with the body  of another unidentified man beaten beyond recognition.

The priest was last seen alive May 15. He was reported missing and the state attorney general began an investigation

In a May 18 statement, the Archdiocese of Tijuana and Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón prayed for the deceased priest’s “return to the Father’s House.”

Rivas Saldaña served in the Tijuana archdiocese for more than 25 years. The archdiocese prayed “that the Risen Christ be strength and comfort for his Family.”

“Let us pray to our Heavenly Father to have mercy on him and that he may soon enjoy the Heavenly Homeland. Give him, Lord, eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon him. Rest in peace,” the archdiocese concluded.

Rivas Saldaña was born Dec. 10, 1964, in Torreón, and was the fourth of 10 siblings. He was ordained a priest Oct. 29, 1994 by Bishop Luis Morales Reyes of Torreón….

In October 2018, another priest of the Tijuana archdiocese was murdered. The body of Father Ímar Arturo Orta, who was pastor of St. Louis parish in Tijuana, was found in an abandoned car with several bullet wounds, after he had been missing several days.

The above comes from a May 19 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency.


  1. mollie garza May 21, 2022 at 9:52 am - Reply

    No greater loss to humanity than the loss of His shepherds but the Lord will not leave us alone for He will give us another shepherd to continue to guide the Church in the right path. May Fr. Saldana’s memory be a blessing. And condolences to his family.

  2. John Barrett May 22, 2022 at 7:08 am - Reply

    So sad to hear of a holy Man suffering a violent death. God Bless him and his flock and family. Rise him up on high my Lord.

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