Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
27 JANUARY 2019

20 JANUARY 2019

Pope Angelus: Prayers for Columbia and Mediterranean victims

During his Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis prays for victims of a terrorist attack in Columbia, and expresses his sorrow over those feared dead in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean He also asks for prayers for his visit to Panama.

Pope Francis during the Sunday Angelus said he had two sorrows in his heart: Colombia and the Mediterranean. He said, "I'm thinking of the 170 shipwrecked victims in the Mediterranean. They were looking for a future for their lives. Victims, perhaps, of human traffickers. We pray for them and for those responsible for what has happened." The UNHCR says there were two separate Mediterranean shipwrecks. The first boat reportedly disappeared with 53 people on board at the western end of the Mediterranean, while the second sank off the coast of Libya with 117 people on board. It’s estimated that over 2,200 people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life in 2018.

The Pope also had words of comfort for the people of Colombia telling them he was close to them following a serious terrorist attack at took place last Thursday at the National Police College. He said he was praying for the victims and their families, adding, that he was praying for the path of peace in the country. Source

Car Bombing Strikes Police Academy, Killing at Least 21 in Colombia

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The suspect in a car bombing that left 21 people dead on Thursday in Bogotá, the capital,was a member of the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group, the defense ministry said Friday. José Aldemar Rojas Rodríguez, the assailant who was also killed in the attack, was a member of the National Liberation Army, a Marxist rebel group known as the ELN, said Guillermo Botero, the Colombian defense minister. The group did not claim responsibility for the bombing, but it has stepped up attacks against the government since its rival, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC, signed a peace deal with the government in 2016. Thursday’s attack was the first car bombing in Bogotá in years, a gruesome reminder of a time when drug lords and rebel groups ravaged the capital’s streets with car bombs, killing hundreds of civilians and members of the security forces. Since the signing of the peace accords, the Colombian government has said it turned the page on that violent era. Source


27 JANUARY 2018

Pope Francis condemns attack on Philippine Church

Speaking after the Angelus on the last day of World Youth in Panama City, Pope Francis decried a deadly twin bomb attack on a Catholic Church in the Philippines, before turning his attention to other issues that are currently in the news.

Expressing his "firmest reproach" for a terrorist attack perpetrated on the Cathedral of Jolo in the Philippines while the Eucharist was being celebrated, Pope Francis prayed the Lord to “convert the hearts of the violent and grant the inhabitants of that region a peaceful coexistence”.  The Pope, who was speaking in Panama on the last day of World Youth Day 2019, said he entrusts the 20 victims of the attack to Christ and to the Virgin, and he noted that it brings “new mourning to this Christian community.”  The bombings took place on Jolo island, where Muslim extremists are active.  Source

Philippines cathedral bombing leaves at least 27 dead and dozens wounded

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 70 injured after two bombs were detonated outside a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island.  The first bomb went off in or near the Jolo cathedral in the provincial capital during Sunday mass.  A second blast occurred outside the compound as government forces were responding to the attack, security officials said.  Police said at least 27 people died and 77 were wounded.The dead were 20 civilians and seven soldiers, and the wounded were 14 troops, two police and 61 civilians. Photos on social media showed debris and bodies lying on a busy street outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been hit by bombs in the past. Troops in armoured carriers sealed off the main road leading to the church while vehicles were transporting the dead and wounded to the hospital. Some casualties were evacuated by air to nearby Zamboanga city. Source

I will destroy the Church and the present status of so many priests and what they are doing. You priests, bishops, you condemn me and suggest I withdraw, but then I will start to open my mouth. There are so many secrets that we kept as children. Do not force (me to speak) because this religion is not so sacred. Duterte