Cardinal Tagle ‘saddened’ by Marawi attack

Cardinal Tagle ‘saddened’ by Marawi attack

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said he’s deeply saddened by the ongoing siege in Marawi City and is praying for all those affected.

Lost for words at how such terror attack can affect the people, he said his thoughts are with the people of Marawi as he invoked God’s blessing of peace, healing and strength upon the troubled city.

“We are at an utter loss with what to say to you. There are simply no words that can express our shock, confusion, and sorrow with what happened on this day,” Tagle said.

“We ask ourselves, ‘Why are humans capable of hurting other fellow human beings?’ We grieve for you, for all Filipinos, and for everyone in the world whose lives are destroyed because of violence,” he said.

Clash broke out last Tuesday between government forces and the Maute terrorist group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and Syria and uses black ISIS flag as its revolutionary banner.

The siege dragged on and triggered mass evacuation and destruction of several establishments.

The Islamic militants also destroyed the St. Mary’s Cathedral and the bishop’s residence, as they continue to hold several hostages including Fr. Chito Suganob and some church staff. CBCPNews