No. 944 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 16 July 2017
- CBCP STATEMENT ON MARAWI, TERRORISM AND DIALOGUE
10 July 2017 (A Precis)
“Turn from evil and Do good, Seek Peace and Pursue it” (Ps. 34: 14)
“We call for the return to normally and peace in Marawi and its envious as soon as Possible. We wonder whether the continued state of Martial Law, much more its extension, will bring this about.”
“We believe that the war in Marawi is not religious.” Muslims have Protected and helped Christians to escape from almost certain death.” “Even now Christians are assisting thousands of Muslims who have fled from Marawi for safety.”
“Condemnation of Terrorism and Violent Extremism
“The violent extremist Maute group in Marawi…have contradicted the fundamental tenets of Islam by abducting and hostaging, maiming and killing the innocent.”
“Dialogue for Peace, the Common Word”
“Intra-faith dialogue among our respective co-religionists and inter-religious dialogue between Muslims and Christians.” Common word is LOVE: love of God and love of neighbor. (cf. Deut. 6: 4-5; Mk. 12: 28-31 and John 15: 12).
“Proxis of Love and Gratitude”
“Loving our neighbor needs action”: material assistance and prayer. Vigilance. Help “security forces thwart the threats of terrorism in Mindanao. Help rebuild Marawi City”.
“With profound gratitude we acknowledge the priceless generosity of kind donors from different faiths.”
“Maryam, the Mother of Jesus, is praised and honored in the Qur’an and by many Christians. To the prayers of Maryam, we commend our efforts for peace and harmony between peoples of different faiths.”
“Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to one another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual good will” (see Common Word letter).
+Socrate B. Villegas, D.D. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan