The Brazilian Friar Antonio Moser, praised also by Pope Francis who last October invited him to Rome for the Ordinary General Synod on the family, was murdered on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, after an attempt to robbery. The 75-year-old man was attacked by two men on a motorcycle as he was driving his car. According to investigators, the two aggressors shot the friar after he had lost control of his car and went off the road.
Doctor of Theology, Moser was also a professor of moral theology and bioethics at Franciscan Theological Institute, and director of the Educational Center “Holy Land”. Both institutions are located in Petropolis, 70 km away from Rio, where the friar lived. He was the pastor of the local St. Clara Church and the author of 27 books, some of which have been translated abroad. Moser was also director-president of the publishing house “Vozes”. At the end of the last Synod on the family, this great admirer of Pope Francis has published an article in which he defined Bergoglio’s Church as “the Church of inclusion, not exclusion.”