Bishops call for dialogue between Philippine government, Muslim rebels
Catholic World News - September 16, 2013
As the siege of Zamboanga City, the Philippines’ sixth largest, reached its sixth day, regional bishops called upon Muslim rebels and government officials to negotiate.
The rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front have taken over 160 people hostage. Although a priest who was taken hostage last Monday, Father Michael Ufana, has been released, scores of others remain in captivity.
“We are deeply saddened and disturbed by this terrible tragedy to human life and property,” the bishops of Mindanao said in a statement, according to the official Philippines Catholic news agency. “We express our solidarity with all those affected Muslims and Christians alike.”
“We condemn the terror that has been inflicted on an entire city,” the bishops added. “We condemn the inhumane act of using hostages as human shields.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($25,000 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!