Cardinal Quevedo's statement on desecration of Pigcawayan chapel

Mindanao Armed Conflict  • Fri Jun 23, 2017 08:10 PM  •  78   0
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Statue of Virgin Mary lies inside the desecrated San Jose Chapel in Barangay Malagakit, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. (Fr. Dominic, DCC)
Statue of Virgin Mary lies inside the desecrated San Jose Chapel in Barangay Malagakit, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. (Fr. Dominic, DCC)
TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL:

As the leader of the Archdiocese of Cotabato, I condemn in the strongest terms possible the wicked desecration of the Catholic Chapel of Malagakit in the parish of Pigcawayan and most especially of the Sacred Hosts that were kept there for the Catholic faithful.

These are irreligious acts that cry out to heaven. Such acts are similar to the desecration of a mosque and the sacred Qur’an by non-Muslims. Both desecrations are gravely sinful.

If the BIFF wants to have an image as a respecter of all religions, it must punish its members who perpetrated the odious desecration in Malagakit and educate all its members in strictly respecting other religions.

I enjoin the Catholic faithful of Malagakit to restore the sacredness of their chapel and ask all the faithful of the Archdiocese to pray for peace and harmony among all believers of different religions.

In the peace and love of the Lord,
+Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Cotabato
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