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Hope continues for captured Filipino priest sighted alive

Captured priest Father Teresito “Chito" Suganob was seen alive on Sunday in a part of a Philippines city under Islamist militant control, Agence France Presse reports. “We don’t have details of his health. We were just told that he was sighted alive," military spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera told reporters in Marawi, citing reports from










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Stop sharing fake news, Filipino bishops implore

Fake news is a problem everywhere, including in the island nation of the Philippines. So much so that the bishops of the Catholic-majority country have released a first-of-its-kind pastoral letter to their people imploring them: Please stop sharing fake news. “At (Jesus’) trial, the question of truth figured prominently. ‘What is truth?’ asked a bewildered










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Church destroyed, Christians detained in China’s Henan province

Local authorities in China’s Henan province reportedly destroyed a Christian church building last month, beating parishioners who tried to stop the demolition and detaining 40, the group China Aid says. “The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II," China Aid said.










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Indian politician suggests ransom fund for kidnapped priest

A member of India’s Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, claiming a need for concrete action beyond prayer. Legislative member P.C. George expressed concern that prayer and words are the only action taken to release Fr. Tom, and said the terrorists only “want










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ISIS ally in Philippines storms Catholic cathedral, takes hostages

Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them. The hostages were taken during a militant siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi on Tuesday and Wednesday. Militants also burned










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