Pa­pal char­ity group, bishop de­cry deadly Jolo bomb­ings

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apa­pal char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion has joined in con­demn­ing the au­gust 24 deadly twin bomb­ings that rocked the south­ern philip­pine is­land of Jolo.

at the same time, newly in­stalled apos­tolic Vi­cari­ate of Jolo Bishop Char­lie in­zon ear­lier ap­pealed for an end to the vi­o­lence as the bomb­ings be­lieved to be per­pe­trated by a sui­cide bomber rocked the is­land mu­nic­i­pal­ity anew.

“Covid is al­ready a ter­ri­ble bur­den we carry daily. Spare us from yet an­other tragedy. god help us. an­swer our prayers,” said in­zon ex­clu­sively to pres­sone.ph.

He urged the pub­lic to pray, and to re­main calm and be vig­i­lant.

“Be­cause of what hap­pened here to­day, we ap­peal for your prayers for such in­ci­dent not to hap­pen again. Let us pray for all the vic­tims and peo­ple should stay calm,”the Catholic prelate said in an in­ter­view over Church-run Ra­dio Ver­i­tas.

in­zon as­sumed his post as apos­tolic Vicar of Jolo on July 16, feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pa­troness of the vi­cari­ate.

The philip­pine of­fice of aid to the Church

in need (acn) said “no rea­son can jus­tify such vi­o­lence”that oc­curred near a Catholic cathe­dral that was tar­geted in a sui­cide bomb­ing last year.

“Those re­spon­si­ble for these atroc­i­ties are cruel and ruth­less, de­void of any ounce of hu­man­ity or re­spect for life and prop­erty,” the acn said.

“This crime is even ren­dered more un­con­scionable be­cause of the hard­ships our peo­ple are go­ing through dur­ing the Covid-19 pan­demic,” it said.

Four­teen peo­ple were killed and dozens were wounded in the dou­ble blasts, in­clud­ing a sui­cide bomber. au­thor­i­ties said the fa­tal­i­ties in­clude seven sol­diers, one po­lice­man and six civil­ians.

The acn has ex­pressed its sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims killed and wounded in the at­tack.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also de­manded jus­tice for the vic­tims“and fully sup­ports the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies in­volved.”

“acn prays that jus­tice be swift and un­re­lent­ing for the guilty...a solace for the vic­tims,” it said.

Since 1947, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been serv­ing var­i­ous coun­tries around the world, es­pe­cially in ar­eas where Chris­tians are a small mi­nor­ity.

in Jan­uary 2019, a sui­cide bomb­ing at the nearby Cathe­dral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel left 23 peo­ple dead and more than 100 were in­jured as wor­ship­pers were gath­er­ing for Sun­day Mass.

Jolo is lo­cated in the prov­ince of Sulu, a stronghold of the abu Sayyaf, a ter­ror­ist group that has pledged al­le­giance to is­lamic State and is no­to­ri­ous for bomb­ings and kid­nap­ping.

The is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the 2019 at­tacks, say­ing two sui­cide bombers car­ried out the at­tack.

PHOTO from AFP WESTERN MIN­DANAO COM­MAND

Two pow­er­ful ex­plo­sions ripped through Jolo, Sulu, on au­gust 24.

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