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On the Davao bombing

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We are in prayerful communion with the Archbishop of Davao and our countrymen in that city. We grieve too over the death of innocent brothers and sisters due to the bombing last night

A SWAT team secures a night market in Davao City where the explosion occurred on Friday night. (Photo by Jesuit Fr. Jboy Gonzales of Ateneo de Davao University)

Violence shocks us. Acts of terrorism jolt us. When fellowmen die, a part of our humanity dies too. We pray for peace for the dead victims. We pray for healing for the wounded. We pray for strength for the bereaved families. We pray for the restoration of brotherhood and harmony for Davao and for the nation.

Gandhi said: I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Let not vengeance be our response but peace!

Christ our peace, restore our peace!


+Socrates B. Villegas
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
CBCP President

Sept 3, 2016

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