By Leslie Ann Aquino
The social action arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is appealing for help for the restoration of St. Mary’s Cathedral that was destroyed when the Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi.
Father Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace, said it’s important to restore places of worship such as the cathedral.
“The central place of worship is important that’s why the church should be restored,” he told church-run Radyo Veritas.
On June 5, a video surfaced on social media showing gunmen desecrating religious images which include a big crucifix.
The gunmen also destroyed photographs of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and other religious items.
Earlier this month, a Mass attended by government troops was held at the St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time since the military retook the cathedral in September.
Meanwhile, aside from helping restore the church, Garigiuez also asked Filipinos to help the victims of the ongoing war in Marawi.
“I hope we continue to help those affected by the war so that they can go back to their normal lives,” said Gariguez.
On May 23, the Maute group abducted Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganub and some churchgoers when the extremist group attacked Marawi.
The attack prompted President Duterte to put the entire Mindanao under martial law.
Although the priest was already rescued by the military last month, the militants still continue to hold hostages.
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