Mexican leaders raised concerns about freedom of speech after being charged for referring to a transgender lawmaker as a man
Since 1950, their number decreased with 20 per cent.
The man was later hospitalized while the statue was returned to the church, apparently undamaged by the incident.
The Diocese of Saltillo is currently governed pastorally by Bishop Hilario González García.
The local Catholic community is shocked by the event.
This is not a one-off incident of Christian persecution in Mexico, which has risen due to drug cartel violence.
The previous parish priest killed in Mexico had been killed in June 2021. It was Father Father Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado.