Cardinal shot dead in Mexico
Wednesday 26 May 1993
But the fact that the Cardinal was a close friend of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and was known for his fearless pulpit sermons against the region's cocaine traffickers cast doubt on the official version of Monday's shooting. Cardinal Posadas, who was the Archbishop of Guadalajara and one of only two cardinals in Mexico, had been tipped to take over as Primate next year when Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahumada retires.
Reports that a Mexican air force uniform, an army document and baseball-style hats of Mexican anti-narcotics agents had been found near the scene added to the confusion and conspiracy theories. Cardinal Posadas went to the airport to meet the papal nuncio, Girolamo Prigione, and was to have organised the Pope's planned visit to Guadalajara in August.
The Cardinal's body, found in his car outside the terminal building, had been hit by at least 11 AK-47 automatic-rifle bullets, and a couple of dozen more bullets hit the car. His chauffeur was killed, and five others inside or outside the terminal. At least 20 cars were hit by bullets.
Witnesses said a gunbattle appeared to start in the arrival area of the airport then spilled outside, with scores of rounds of automatic rifle fire. One witness said the Cardinal opened his car door to get out when a gunman, already involved in the battle, opened fire on him.
First reports said the gunfight had been between police and drugs traffickers. Police later denied this and said rival groups of traffickers were involved. But many Mexicans, aware of the painful history of the Catholic Church in Mexico, described in Graham Greene's The Power and The Glory, doubted the 'coincidence' of the Cardinal's presence in the airport car park, particularly since he was hit so many times.
After more than a century of tension, President Salinas restored diplomatic relations with the Vatican last year. Until then, reflecting Greene's novel, priests hid their cassocks under normal clothes when on the street. Mr Salinas immediately flew to Guadalajara and, after hearing cries for 'justice' from the streets, observed a minute's silence in the cathedral before the Cardinal's coffin - the first visit to a Catholic church this century by a Mexican president.
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
scienceScientists find the answer to a question that even puzzled Darwin
A very timely Great Train Robbery and a frantic 24 Hours in A&E among the highlights
scienceThe new development in bio-printing technology could be used in the future to restore lost vision - though years of research still await
arts + entsThe 'Friends' actor on his new role as campaigner on addiction issues
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'
Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Peter O'Toole: Tales of the late film icon
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 4 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- 5 Status: Wet - Woman walks off a pier while checking Facebook on her phone
- < Previous
- Next >
£ Negotiable + Bens: Citifocus: Highly regarded Asset Manager with progressive...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: FCm Travel Solutions: FCm ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + £18K base & uncapped commission & benefits: Flight...
£22610.19 - £26378.76 per annum + Excellent Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: I...