» 06/16/2008, 00.00
Jolo: bomb at cathedral, security measures tightened
A bomb squad safely removed and detonated an explosive device placed near the church, in the city's main square. It's not yet known who placed the bomb and why. In Sibugay, the body has been found of one of the Islamic rebels implicated in the kidnapping of Fr Giancarlo Bossi.
Philippines: fighting between army and Islamic rebels, more than 20 dead and 130,000 displaced
More than 800 guerrillas are ensconced in 15 majority Christian villages in North Cotabato. The violence has created an enormous humanitarian crisis, and the Red Cross is preparing to send food and water. Part of the Filipino Church is in favor of the agreement on regional autonomy in Mindanao.
Bishops and Islamic leaders appeal for resumption of negotiations
The army is advancing, but more than 160,000 people have fled from their homes, leaving everything behind. Catholic bishops and Islamic leaders ask the government and rebels to resume talks.
Fragile hopes for dialogue between government and Muslim rebels in Mindanao
Negotiations conclude today in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and began yesterday after six months of deadlock. They are the first since the election of President Aquino. AsiaNews sources underline the commitment of the government in the negotiations, threatened by the recent split inside the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In Zamboanga the work of the Silsilah movement for Muslim - Christian dialogue founded by Father Sebastiano D'Ambra (PIME), continues on a global level.
Papal appeal, a source of hope for Christians in Cotabato, Cathedral parish priest says
Clergyman deplores the atmosphere of fear which has made the Christian community worry about more attacks. Benedict XVI’s words during the Angelus are a source of “strength and courage.” MILF rebels conduct a parallel investigation to find attack’s authors.
Christian suspected in suicide bomb attack on Zamboanga airport
The explosion occurred yesterday, causing 2 deaths and 24 wounded. The man was a respected person from the Christian community. According to AsiaNews sources the suicide bomber was in fact a victim. Police and army investigations reveal he that brought the parcel bomb inside the airport without knowing it.
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