Sunday, 27 January 2019 22:29

CBCP condemns bombing in Jolo


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemns the bombing of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo during Sunday Mass.

In a statement released by CBCP on January 27, 2019, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said that they received the sad news from Fr. Romeo S. Saniel, OMI, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo.

Photos from Western Command Mindanao

The Catholic bishops were gathered in Manila for the 118 plenary assembly. They have included in their prayers the victims, their relatives, and prayed to bring an end to violence.

 “We condole with the families of the several soldiers and civilians who were killed by the explosions. We also express our sympathies with those who were wounded and extend our solidarity with the rest of the church-goers inside the Cathedral and the rest of the church community in the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo,” Archbishop Valles said.

According to CBCPNews, at 8:30 a.m., a bomb exploded inside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. A few seconds later, another bomb exploded at the parking lot of the cathedral.

CBCP also condemned this “act of terrorism” that took place only a few days after the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

There were 27 people killed and dozens were injured in the incident.

The Catholic bishops asked the Christians to “join hands with all peace-loving Muslim and indigenous people in the advocacy against violent extremism” as the region begins a new phase in the peace process.

 “May all our religions of peace guide us in our quest for a brighter future for the peoples of Mindanao,” they said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

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