Philippines: Extremists smash and burn in cathedral attack

May 2017: Islamist extremists in the Philippines filmed themselves desecrating and setting fire to a cathedral, in an attack on a city which included the abduction of a priest and hundreds of others. Militants from Maute, an Islamist organisation which has pledged allegiance to Daesh (ISIS), desecrated sacred images at St Mary’s Cathedral, Marawi city in Mindanao island, and destroyed the entire structure.

In the 96-second video, the gun-toting militants – some of them teenagers – are seen destroying images of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and tearing up posters of Pope Francis. The Islamists also desecrated a chapel in Malagakit village, also in Mindanao.

In the Maute attack on Marawi, Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Suganob and parishioners were abducted. At the time of writing, up to 100 of those kidnapped were still being held, including the priest. Responding to the attack on his cathedral, Bishop Edwin de la Pena of Marawi, said: “Our faith has really been trampled on.”

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