Priests Are being Killed, 'Long Live the Pope'
Santo Papa!” (Long live the Pope), the Philippines’ faithful chanted
on April 19, joining the world in singing hosannas to the newly-elected
Pope Benedict XVI. Amid the jubilation a priest has been killed in the
Philippines, another is recuperating after surviving an assassination
attempt, and other church people are being harassed. The Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Association of Major Religious
Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), the United Church of Christ in the
Philippines (UCCP), and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI or
Philippine Independent Church) recently landed in the military’s list of
“enemies of the state.” The atmosphere of repression of church people –
whether Catholic or non-Catholic – awaits response from the new Pope, who
recently promised to promote peace and ecumenical dialogue.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
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