CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 8 December 2018

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Bombing kills two in southern Philippines

Manila (UCAN): An 18-year old catechist, Jun Mark Luda, and his 15-year old cousin, Marialyn Luda, were killed in a bomb explosion in the town of Isulan in the southern Philippine province of Sultan Kudarat on September 2.
 
At least 14 others were reported injured in the blast at an Internet cafe in the town.
 
The attackers, thought to be an extremist group opposed to a peace deal with Manila, came five days after another bomb explosion killed three people and injured 36 others in the same town.
 
Army spokesperson, Captain Arvin Encinas, said the bomb exploded at about 7.00am local time, while police spokesperson, Aldrin Gonzales, said the blast had all the hallmarks of a “terrorist attack.”
 
Schools were closed on September 3 to allow police and the military to focus their efforts on looking for the perpetrators.
 
Sister Alice Original of the Oblates of Notre Dame described Luda as “an active youth catechist” who finished his basic catechism orientation seminar in July. He was supposed to teach catechism classes in public schools this year during his free time.
 
“He was smart and talented. His jolliness was contagious. We are saddened by his death,” said parishioner, Josephine Patosa.
 
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, condemned the blast, saying religion was being distorted to commit “brazen crimes that cry out to heaven.”
 
Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, described the attack as “evil.”
 
They urged government and pro-peace deal rebel groups to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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