Davao churches ban bags, backpacks after Jolo blasts

Davao churches ban bags, backpacks after Jolo blasts

Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao. CBCPNEWS

By CBCP News

January 30, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The Archdiocese of Davao has released a list of prohibited items inside churches following the bombings of Jolo cathedral.

Bags and boxes are among the many items included on the list.

Knapsacks, backpacks, cartons, and the likes are also banned inside parish churches and chapels.

“Only small purses and the like are allowed,” Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao said in a circular issued on Jan. 29.

The archbishop said the directive will be in effect until further notice due to “current threat of violence” in the region.

He also said that the archdiocese have to take up security measures upon the advice of law enforcement agencies.

The death toll in the twin blasts that rocked the Jolo cathedral in Sulu has climbed to 21 and a scores of wounded remain in hospitals.

Pope Francis has earlier condemned the violence that “causes more mourning in the Christian community”.

“Let us pray for the victims of the terrorist attack on the cathedral of Jolo, in the Philippines,” he said.