Marawi (Agenzia Fides) – “Today we have mixed feelings. We are happy for the end of the conflict in Marawi, because a new era of hope opens up. We are mourning for the deaths of two Catholic students who were taken hostage and died while being held prisoners, in airborne bombings on the city. Other three Catholic women, captured with Fr. Chito Soganub while they were in the cathedral, have been released and are safe.We will now think of the reconstruction of the cathedral but above all of the physical, psychological and spiritual reconstruction of our Catholic community: the lives of the faithful have been devastated, families are displaced and must rebuild houses and recover the livelihoods.
We will search for our 2,000 Catholic faithful in Marawi to help them organize their return to the city in order to resume their lives”: is what Bishop Edwin de la Pena, who heads the Apostolic Prelature of Marawi says to Agenzia Fides in the aftermath of the siege where the Philippine army fought against 800 militant jihadists who on May 23 invaded the city, causing the escape and displacement of more than 200,000 people.