Madrid: Priest and Three Others Die in Church Center Gas Leak Explosion

CNS, Junno Arocho Esteves: A young priest ordained only six months ago was among the casualties of an explosion at a parish center in Madrid.

The Archdiocese of Madrid confirmed Jan. 21 that Father Ruben Perez Ayala, a priest at the Church of Our Lady of La Paloma, died in the early hours of the morning due to internal hemorrhaging he suffered after the blast.

The archdiocese also shared an interview Father Perez shortly gave before his priestly ordination in June, in which he said that his experience at the seminary taught him that “happiness is not in living for oneself, but in giving oneself to others.”

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Father Perez’s death brought the death toll from the explosion to four. Report is here.