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Filipino bishops against gun-toting priests and missionaries
Signed into law on 29 May, the new Act is designed to check the illegal arms trade, especially on the island of Mindanao. For the prelates, carrying guns is incompatible with the Christian faith and the Church's religious mission.
MILF condemns humanitarian workers abduction as no one claims responsibility
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front offers to help in getting the release of the kidnap victims. Abu Sayyaf has not claimed responsibility for the action and local sources exclude politics or religion were involved. Police is investigating the possible involvement of an employee working at a prison the three workers had just visited.
Muslim patrols to protect churches in Mindanao
In the predominantly Muslim island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines ordinary citizens have started nightly patrols in the streets around churches to allow Catholics to celebrate “dawn masses” until Christmas.
Claretian missionaries promoting a programme of collaboration and development
The ZABIDA project is the result of co-operation with a foreign government and NGOs. It is meant to promote and dialogue and collaboration between various religions and bring concrete help to the population.
UN-backed report says Philippines had highest number of newly displaced people in 2008
Fighting between the Filipino army and rebels forces 600,000 people to flee their homes. Muslim Moros and indigenous people are the most affected by the violence. Children suffer the most from malnutrition and human trafficking. Sudan has the largest number of refugees, 4.9 million.
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PIME missionaries happy for Del Torchio’s release
The former priest was moved this morning from Zamboanga to Manila. “We hope that he will get better soon, because we were told that he was not doing well,” said Fr Giovanni Re, regional superior of the Philippines. From the start, “we were cautiously optimistic.” Yesterday, Fr Sebastiano D'Ambra tried to visit him; “Unfortunately, they did not let us in.”
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