Reaching out beyond conflict and despair
Our brothers and sisters in the Philippines have endured some of the worst atrocities in recent months from Daesh (ISIS)-inspired extremists whose sole aim is to cause religious unrest. In spite of this, the Church continues to strive for peace between Christians and Muslims, particularly amongst the young people.
In May 2017, while Mass was celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, Islamist extremists desecrated and set fire to the cathedral after kidnapping Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob and 15 parishioners. This terrifying event unfolded into a five-month siege of Marawi. And by the time the government took back control, more than a thousand people had died, nearly 27,000 families had been displaced and the city of Marawi was devastated.
Then, in January 2019, Islamist extremists bombed Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo during morning Mass – at least 20 people died and more than 100 were injured.
We cannot begin to imagine the pain those affected by these attacks, and others, feel – but we can assist in their healing. With your kindness we can continue our vital support, reaching out in conflict and despair.