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The Philippines: The Church in Jolo fighting the “forces of evil” – ACN

The Philippines: The Church in Jolo fighting the “forces of evil” “We will not allow this tragedy to divide and isolate us from the rest of the country.” Jolo, province of Sulu – A small city in a military lockdown, an all-out war in the adjacent municipality against violent extremists, families in mourning after burying […]

Philippines: “The reconstruction of the city of Marawi will take years”

Philippines: “The reconstruction of the city of Marawi will take years”   Reinhard Backes travelled to the Philippine city of Marawi for the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. The Christian minority in the city was suppressed for months by Islamists. An interview about relations between Christians and Muslims in the region […]

ACN Project of the Week in Philippines

Philippines A church for the parish of St. Anthony   The island of Basilan belongs to the Mindanao group of islands in the southern Philippines. Whereas in the Philippines as a whole Catholics form the great majority of the population, here on the island of Basilan Muslims make up around two thirds of the population. […]

ACN Project of the Week – Phillipines

PROJECT OF THE WEEK Philippines Training of lay pastoral workers in the marriage and family apostolate Zamboanga is the capital of the peninsula region and archdiocese bearing the same name and is found on the island of Mindanao. The archdiocese serves a population of some 620,000 Catholics. In the past, they established a training program […]

Violence against Christians in the Philippines : Difficult dialogue

Philippines Is Mindanao Another Iraq?  “In some areas of Mindanao we are experiencing exactly the same thing as is happening in Iraq.” The words are those of Father Sebastiano D’Ambra an Italian missionary of the PIME congregation who has been working for almost 50 years now in the Philippines. He was speaking on the phone to […]