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The murder took place in the city of Cali (Creative Commons/ Doug Wash)

Colombian Archbishop Mejia was celebrating the Mass where the fatal shooting occurred

'Justice' and 'We want the priest' is written in Spanish on the wall of the torched and ransacked Municipal Palace in Catemaco, Veracruz, after the abduction of Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz (AP)

Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was the third priest abducted in Veracruz since September – the other two were killed

The sister, nieces and nephews of Fr Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz pictured at his funeral (AP)

The bodies of Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Fr Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz were found by a roadside outside the city of Poza Rica last month

A member of the Abolition Action Committee hangs a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during a 2008 vigil to abolish the death penalty (CNS)

The Supreme Court cases address ‘the brokenness of the judicial system’, say Catholic campaigners

Women light candles in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Poza Rica, Mexico, in memory of two murdered priests (AP)

The chief prosecutor for Michoacan said Fr Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen was killed after meeting with the men at his residence

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

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

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope offered prayers for Sister Isabel Sola Matas during the canonisation Mass for Mother Teresa

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The nuns’ order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters’ murders do ‘not demand revenge’