CBCP: “Hope it will not happen again”
MANILA, 20 July 2007—The Catholic Church in the Philippines lauded today the release of Fr Giancarlo Bossi, but said what he had been through should not happen again.
In a statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also expressed appreciation to those who facilitated his release.
“We welcome with joy and gratitude the release of the missionary, Fr Giancarlo Bossi, by his abductors,” said Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, CBCP president.
Foreign missionaries, he said, are giving a great service to the people especially in Mindanao amid sacrifices and dangers.
“We hope that what had happened to Fr Bossi will not happen again,” said Lagdameo.
Prior to the Italian priest’s release, 14 soldiers were killed in a “barbaric” encounter with suspected Moro rebels in Basilan while searching for Bossi.
The CBCP, Lagdameo said, condemned such heinous act, and join the appeal for justice in the restoration of peace.
“Let the same not happen again in our society of already precarious peace,” the CBCP head said.
Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles, meanwhile, thanked the faithful who prayed for the safe release of Bossi, after over a month in captivity.
“They have accomplished a truly arduous mission,” he said.
“Let us continue to pray and work for peace, harmony and authentic human development for all, and for a situation where incidents like this will no longer happen,” he added. (Roy Lagarde)