» 09/18/2017, 14.37
Marawi: Fr. Chito, free after 4 months
The Filipino army intervened near the mosque of the terrorists stronghold of Bato. Joy for his release. The conflict is about to end, but the city is destroyed. Plans for reconstruction. Mindanao bishops condemn terrorism.
31/05/2017 18:59:00 PHILIPPINES
MILF and Manila agree to a humanitarian corridor for Marawi
The armed group, after talks with the government, will send its fighters to help dislodge Maute terrorists. The agreement could be a turning point to end the crisis. Government forces control 70 per cent of the city. The priest seized on 23 May appears in a video.
05/06/2017 19:08:00 PHILIPPINES
MILF calls on Maute to free Fr Chito, says Allah will reward them
The priest has been held by terrorists since 23 May with another 240 civilians. “In the time of prophet Muhammad, He respected so much religious leaders and non-combatants,” says MILF leader Ghadzali Jaafar. The latter is helping the Filipino government to set up a humanitarian corridor. So far, 250 people have been rescued. The New People's Army has joined the fight against jihadists.
30/05/2017 12:51:00 PHILIPPINES
Filipino Church’s appeal for Marawi's displaced persons
More than 60,000 residents have been evacuated. Caritas Philippines sent a letter to 85 dioceses. Some US$ 6,000 are provided for the efforts in the Diocese of Iligan. Caritas Manila provides US$ 10,000 and 100 bags of rice. Mindanao dioceses supports Marawi Prelature in helping families. The clashes between government forces and jihadists continue. Ilang is cordoned off due to fear of Islamist infiltrations. Nothing is known about Fr Chito, who was abducted by jihadists with another 15 people.
09/06/2017 12:31:00 PHILIPPINES
Mindanao, Islamic leaders condemn vandalism of Marawi cathedral
The ulama: "Insult to and lack of respect for Islam". Governor Mujiv Hataman: "The terrorists are hypocrites who undermine the true essence of Islam." Regional Darul Ifta: "Attempt to provoke hatred between Muslims and Christians". The army asks social media to remove the video of the attack in order not to feed religious hatred.
19/09/2017 14:23:00 PHILIPPINES
Mgr Edwin dela Peña: Christians and Muslims for Peace in Marawi
The Church must be a “reconciling presence". We need to build bridges, not division and hate. The Filipino Church and Caritas are committed to the displaced. Young Moro design and sell t-shirts to raise funds.
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