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Christians and Muslims pray amid Marawi’s ruins

MARAWI (UCAN): Led by Father Teresito Soganub, the parish priest of St. Mary’s Cathedral, in the devastated city of Marawi in Mindanao, a group Christians and Muslims held an interfaith prayer service in the ruins of the church and a mosque on July 27.
 
Marawi which was devastated by a five-month siege in 2017 during which Father Soganub was kidnapped and held hostage by terrorist gunmen. The conflict left a trail of death, destruction, and displaced thousands of people.
 

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Priest still haunted by captivity

MARAWI (UCAN): A year after his abduction by terrorist gunmen, Father Teresito Soganub, the one time vicar-general of the Prelature of Marawi, Mindanao, is on a journey for forgiveness.
 
“I was a captive. I was not afraid to die, but I was afraid to suffer,” he said in what sounded like a confession only days before the first anniversary of his kidnapping during an attack on St. Mary’s Cathedral.
 
He was abducted along with several church workers on 23 May 2017, the first day of fighting.








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No Holy Week for Marawi

MANILA (UCAN): There will be no Holy Week observance this year in Marawi, Mindanao, almost a year after Islamic State-inspired gunmen occupied the southern Philippine city on May 23 last year.
 
St. Mary’s Cathedral, which was desecrated and burned at the height of the five-month conflict that ended in October, remains closed.
 
This will be the first time that Holy Week has not been celebrated in the predominantly Muslim city, where more than 300,000 people remain in temporary shelters.
 

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