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The sister and a niece of Fr Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz (AP)

State prosecutors have suggested the men were involved in questionable behaviour shortly before their deaths

Thousands marched against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Guadalajara earlier this month (CNS)

Francis said he supported the protest ‘in favour of family and life’

Mourners pay their last respects to Fr Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz at Our Lady of Asuncion Church in Paso Blanco, Veracruz (AP)

Fr Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen is thought to be the 31st priest killed in the country since 2006

Cardinal Parolin addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (AP)

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Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda, of Mexico, said this latest barbarity was in no way justified (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The kidnapping came just a day after two other clergymen were found murdered

A person prays in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Poza Rica, Veracruz (AP)

Parishioners reject claims Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Fr Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz had been drinking with their killers

A Mexican flag adorned with black mourning ribbons (AP)

Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Fr Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were dragged at gunpoint out of a church in Poza Rica

Fr Jose Luis Guerra, works with gang members, prays over a young man on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico (CNS)

Dozens of priests have either died or vanished without trace in the country in the past 25 years

President Enrique Pena Nieto wants to legalise same-sex marriage in Mexico (AP)

The country’s president is seeking to make changes to the constitution in favour of same-sex marriage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks with citizens in late May outside the presidential residence in Mexico City (CNS photo/Mexican Presidency handout via EPA)

An analysis of Pena Nieto’s thesis found 29 per cent of the material had been plagiarised