Case Study

Bombing of Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Philippines

January 2019

Two bombs exploded during Sunday Mass on 27th January. Twenty people were killed and dozens wounded during the blasts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, southern Philippines. Father Romeo Saniel, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo, told Aid to the Church in Need: “No words can describe the sorrow and pain that we feel these days… Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8am Mass-goers.” According to local Church sources, the first blast went off at 8.45am local time. As soldiers arrived, there was a second explosion in the car park, where Mass-goers had fled to following the first explosion. Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which came within a week of a referendum on greater autonomy for the Muslim-majority region of Mindanao.

Source: John Newton, “Filipino Church calls for prayer and solidarity following bomb attack”, Aid to the Church in Need (UK) News, 28th January 2019, (accessed 26th June 2019).

Image: Jonathan Luciano, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need Philippines visiting Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral following the bomb blast.

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