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Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo

 
 
Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 19, 2018
1. Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker
Inscription.  

En memoria del Padre
Conrado de la Cruz C.I.C.M.
(Congregación de la Corazón Inmaculada de María)

y
Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo
que el dia
1 de mayo 1980. Fueron
secuestrados en esta esquina.

English translation:
In memory of Father
Conrado de la Cruz C.I.C.M.
(Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo
who on May 1, 1980 were kidnapped from this intersection.

 
Location. 14° 38.528′ N, 90° 30.691′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker is at the intersection of 6a Calle and 8a Avenida, on the right when traveling east on 6a Calle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial to the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Guatemalan Revolution of 1944
Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 19, 2018
2. Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker
The Guatemala City Cathedral can be seen in the distance. The Central Market (Mercado Central) is to the left.
(about 180 meters away); National Day of Dignity for the Victims of Guatemala's Armed Conflict (about 180 meters away); Tragedy of the “Virgen de la Asunción” Safe Home (about 180 meters away); Alberto Velázquez (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); First Cathedral in Guatemala City (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Presidential House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Shopping Arcade (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo.
Father Conrado was born in Baguio, Philippines, on July 27, 1946. He entered the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1965. He made his first vows on June 29, 1966 and was ordained as a priest on December 28, 1971. On August 15, 1972, he received his missionary nomination and on December 13 of the same year he arrived in Guatemala. He worked in the parishes of San Cristóbal, Diocese of Las Verapaces, and the port of San José, Escuintla.

In February 1979 he was appointed as parish priest of Tiquisate where
Conrado de la Cruz image. Click for full size.
3. Conrado de la Cruz
Photo courtesy of CICM
he dedicated himself especially to pastoral work with poor and humble people from the farms and villages.

For preaching truth and justice he was sequestered on May 1, 1980 at the corner of 8th Avenue and 6th Street of Zone 1 (a few steps from the National Palace and the Archiepiscopal Curia). According to witnesses, the kidnappers were six men, armed, who took him along with his collaborator and friend, Herlindo Cifuentes, in a gray Toyota jeep. Since that date, nothing has been known about them. Translated from the CICM website at https://cicmjpic.org/martires/
 
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A previous Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
4. A previous Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo Marker
This previous marker was stolen at some point and replaced by the current marker made of stone. The text of the previous marker is the same as the current marker. Photo courtesy of Mapeo de la Memoria at http://mapeo.memorialparalaconcordia.org/article.php?id=83
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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