Two Jesuits killed in Moscow.
This morning I received the tragic news of the murder of two Jesuits working in Russia, Father Otto Messmer and Father Victor Betancourt, who were both killed in their Moscow residence. So far, no information has been released about who killed the two priests and why. A Russian citizen of German ancestry, the 47-year-old Father Messmer was the superior of all Jesuits working in Russia. Father Betancourt, a 42-year-old from Ecuador, was teaching theology and serving as a vocation promoter at the time of his death. Your prayers for the two murdered Jesuits and for the Society of Jesus would be appreciated at this difficult time. Grant to your departed priests Otto and Victor, O Lord, blessed repose and eternal memory. AMDG.