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Grenade explodes at Philippine cathedral

Catholic World News - October 27, 2009

A grenade has exploded at the cathedral of the Vicariate Apostolic of Jolo in the southern Philippines. No one was injured in the blast, and no one has claimed responsibility, though the Islamic terrorist group Abu Sayyaf is suspected.

While 81% of the nation’s 87 million people are Catholic, the Jolo area is heavily Muslim: fewer than 3% of the area’s 1 million residents are Catholic. Jolo's previous ordinary, Bishop Benjamin D. de Jesus, was slain in front of the cathedral in 1997.

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