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Priests march to protest attacks on church workers in southern Mexico

  • Bishop Maximino Martinez pauses to use his phone during an interview regarding the disappearance of Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers marched through Ciudad Altamirano on Wednesday to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests. The marchers led by Martinez called for the release of Gorostieta who disappeared after he was apparently kidnapped from a local seminary on Monday. At least two priests have been killed in Guerrero state this year and several others have been abducted. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

    Bishop Maximino Martinez pauses to use his phone during an interview regarding the disappearance of Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers marched through Ciudad Altamirano on Wednesday to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests. The marchers led by Martinez called for the release of Gorostieta who disappeared after he was apparently kidnapped from a local seminary on Monday. At least two priests have been killed in Guerrero state this year and several others have been abducted. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)  (The Associated Press)

  • A view of the seminary in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta disappeared after he was apparently kidnapped from this local seminary on Monday. His pickup truck was found later, abandoned, and the church has filed a crime report with police, though the motive remains unclear. Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers marched through this southern Mexico city on Wednesday to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

    A view of the seminary in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta disappeared after he was apparently kidnapped from this local seminary on Monday. His pickup truck was found later, abandoned, and the church has filed a crime report with police, though the motive remains unclear. Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers marched through this southern Mexico city on Wednesday to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers have marched through the southern Mexico city of Ciudad Altamirano to protest the latest in a series of kidnappings, killings and robberies of priests.

Wednesday's marchers were led by Bishop Maximino Martinez. They called for the release of the Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta, who apparently was kidnapped from a local seminary on Monday.

His pickup truck was found abandoned, and the church has filed a crime report with police, though the motive remains unclear.

Drug cartel violence has made the hotlands region of southern Guerrero state one of the most dangerous in all of Mexico.

At least two priests have been killed in Guerrero state this year and several others have been abducted, robbed or wounded in robbery attempts.