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ICC Note: St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, Philippines hosted its first Mass after the Cathedral, seized by terrorist militants on May 23, was liberated. The building was freed by the Philippine Army on August 28. The Cathedral is severely damaged due to destruction of religious icons and items by the Maute terrorist group. During the Mass celebration yesterday, gunfire and the sound of violence could still be heard near St. Mary’s. The government predicts that the battle should end in near future.

10/02/2017 Philippines (Asia News) – St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi (Mindanao Island) hosted its first Mass yesterday four months from the onset of the violence of groups linked to the Islamic State on the feast day of St. Teresa of Lisieux , patron of the Philippine army.

Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist militants took the cathedral last May 23, at the beginning of clashes that devastated the capital of the province of Lanao del Sur, since then under martial law.

The building, liberated on August 28 by the Philippine Armed Forces, is severely damaged by the desecration of terrorists who had also published a video. The images aroused the indignation and condemnation of local Muslim leaders.

During the mass celebrated yesterday, gunfire and the sounds of the violence still in progress, could be heard while morning light came into the church through the holes in the bullet damaged walls (see photo).

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