» 04/14/2008, 00.00
Bomb attack against Zamboanga cathedral
Placed under a car in the church parking explosive device damages wall and windows. Three militants from Abu Sayyaf, al-Qaeda’s Filipino branch, are blamed.
Supreme Court blocks peace deal between MILF and government
Court’s decision is intended to placate protest. Public opinion is largely against an expanded Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Both Christians and Muslims are against the deal.
Father Bossi’s kidnappers probably MILF fighters
The official announcement of the missionary’s abduction was made by Col Godofredo Paderanga, a Filipino Army officer stationed in Mindanao. Father Bossi is the third Italian priest kidnapped in the area in the last ten years.
Mindanao: non-stop prayers and continued hope for Father Bossi
One of Father Bossi’s fellow missionaries talks about the moving mobilisation, which includes prayer campaigns and messages of solidarity.
In Mindanao, the Church working for tribal people, not the rebels
The bishop of Kidapawan and PIME's Fr Peter Geremia tell local army commanders that the Church is not involved with Communist guerrillas. The military offers their assistance to the Church in its pastoral mission in the diocese.
Thousands of troops to supervise elections in Mindanao
There are fears of violence, electoral fraud and Islamic terrorism. Ten suicide bombers from Indonesia might be in the country. Catholic sources warn that no one will be able to vote freely because electoral corruption is too ingrainedmany will abstain.
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