MANILA, Dec. 25, 2010—An explosion ripped the roof of Sacred Heart of Jesus sub-parish in Astunas, Jolo while the Christmas Eve Mass was being celebrated at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
The blast which took place near the altar left several people injured; but individuals believed to be responsible for the blast are yet to be identified.
Jolo Bishop Angelito Rendon Lampon, OMI told CBCPNews it was not a grenade that exploded at the roof of the church but an “improvised explosive device,” a locally-made explosive capable of wounding and killing unsuspecting individuals.
“The explosion wounded several persons including the priest who was reading the Gospel and damaged the ceiling of the sacristy,” the 60-year old prelate said.
The sub-parish is near the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral where the Christmas Eve Mass was scheduled to be said at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
Asked if he was alarmed of the latest incident, the bishop said “Yes” as Jolo's history has been marked with killings and kidnappings, believed to have been perpetrated by various lawless elements. (Melo M. Acuna) [Oh come one! Cut the political correctness crap! Everybody knows it I am just saying it! These are the work of Muslim jihadists!]
VATICAN CITY – Lasagna, veal and cake were on the menu Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI invited about 250 poor people to join him for a post-Christmas lunch and denounced as "absurd" new attacks on the faithful around the globe.
Also joining the pope and his guests were 250 nuns, seminarians and priests of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order, which runs soup kitchens around Rome.
Last year, Benedict traveled to a Rome soup kitchen to join the poor for lunch after Christmas. This year he wanted to invite them to his home and to pay homage to Mother Teresa, whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year.
During the lunch, held inside the Vatican's main audience hall, Benedict told his guests about the virtues of Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to serving the sick and poor.
"To those who ask why Mother Teresa was famous, the answer is easy: she lived her life in a humble and hidden way, for the love of God and in love with God," Benedict said.
The feast included lasagna with homemade Bolognese sauce, veal chunks with roasted potatoes, traditional yellow Christmas cake with chocolate bits and Chantilly cream, and coffee.
Before the meal, Benedict delivered his traditional Sunday blessing from his studio window, denouncing Christmas Day attacks on the faithful in the Philippines and Nigeria and a suicide bombing in Pakistan that killed 45 people at an aid center.
"Once again, the earth is stained by blood," he lamented.
A bomb exploded during Christmas Mass at a police camp chapel in the southern Philippines, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers. Also Saturday, six people died in attacks by Muslim sect members on two churches in northern Nigeria. [At least AP News has the b***s to write it as it is!]
"I express my heartfelt condolences to the victims of this absurd violence and once again repeat my appeal to abandon ways of hatred and find peaceful solutions to conflicts" so that people can live in peace and security, he said.
Benedict noted that the Sunday after Christmas traditionally celebrates the family, taking the birth of Jesus as its cue. Underlining his rejection of gay marriage and abortion, the pope stressed that every child deserves a mother and a father who will love them and welcome them as a gift.
"This is what gives children security and, as they grow, lets them discover the sense of life," he said.
Can we hear from those crappy peace advocates like Fr. Jun Mercado about this latest atrocity of Muslims following the command of their book?