Posted by: JWP | 01/13/2010

Local church in Jolo reacts after 4th bombing in 7 months

GMANews 01/13/2010

A Catholic church official in Jolo, Sulu encouraged the province’s Christian minority to continue living their faith without fear in the wake of the fourth grenade blast to rock the Jolo cathedral in less than a year.

“Whether in your office, in the market place, inside the city hall, wherever you are, you must live your Christian faith as we cannot act as if we are afraid,” said Jolo Bishop Angelito Lampon in an interview on Church-run dxMM radio.

A grenade exploded at the church wall of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in the city at 5:40 a.m. last Sunday, 20 minutes before the first Mass. It was the cathedral’s fourth explosion in seven months.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but past explosions in the cathedral were blamed on the Abu Sayyaf group.

On New Year’s Eve, a grenade also exploded in front of the cathedral, wounding one government soldier. This came after an October 27 grenade blast at the back of the same cathedral, damaging several windows. Also in June last year, six people were killed after suspected Abu Sayyaf militants detonated a homemade bomb in front of the church.

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Zamboanga Times: Abus step up recruitment in Mindanao 01/13/2010 Besides the Abu Sayyaf bandits, the military is also hunting down 23 Jemaah Islamiyah members, including Omar Patek, Dulmatin, Marwan and Mawiya.

Adventure in Jolo and Basilan @ FOR LOVE OF THE SEA -Beaches in the Philippines and in other places abroad (some photos too)

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