Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Philippine bishops welcome peace deal between government, Muslim rebels

Catholic World News - March 27, 2014

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines has welcomed a peace deal between the nation's government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a rebel group that has fought since 1978 for greater autonomy for Muslims on the island of Mindanao.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the bishops' conference. “We pray that this first courageous breakthrough will be followed by more steps leading to true and lasting peace in Mindanao.”

Archbishop Villegas urged the government to reach out to other groups in Mindanao that are opposed to the agreement and said that “it is very urgent that economic activity in Mindanao be enhanced immediately. There can be no peace without human development.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,525 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,474.54
96% 4%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ezra the Odd: A Lesson in Fidelity? 21 hours ago
Famous actors bring the New Testament to dramatic life in this audio Bible September 1
Preparing for the Jubilee of Mercy September 1
Final Liturgical Year volume for 2014-2015 now available August 31
Church Fathers: The Third Century and the School of Alexandria August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5
Pope Francis: SSPX priests will licitly and validly absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy CWN - September 1