Mass commemorates victims of Davao night market bombing
By CBCP News
September 2, 2019
A memorial Mass has been held in Davao City on Sunday to mark the third year of the night market bombing that left 15 people dead.
Led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, the service included prayers for the families of the fatalities and those hurt in the attack.
Massgoers also offered flowers for the victims at the “Tree of Life” memorial marker built at the ground zero of the Sept. 2, 2016 bombing.
Speaking during the Mass, Archbishop Valles said that besides remembering the pain, the event was about showing the victims that they “are not forgotten”.
“We share your memory, painful as it is, we share your burden and pain,” he said.
The prelate, who is also the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, also noted the “goodness that swelled” after the “evil” incident.
“In a sense, there was that tragic event but right away we stood up with goodness and unity,” he said.
And in the fight against “misguided” people, the archbishop added that cultivating good and growing in love are the best ways to counter evil.
“This is cliche… but the only thing we can do is to counter that evil with goodness and love for each other,” Archbishop Valles added.
“That tragedy produced in us a common humanity, a common identity in us all as Davaoeños and that is what we are celebrating today,” he also said. CBCPNEWS