Archbishop urges people to remain strong after Davao blast

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People offer flowers and light candles during a Mass at the site of the bomb attack in Davao City’s night market, Sept. 3, 2016. (John Frances Fuentes/CBCPNews)

DAVAO City, Sept. 3, 2016— A Catholic archbishop called on the people of Davao City to remain strong despite last night’s terror attack.

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles has offered a memorial Mass for the blast victims on Saturday at the site of the explosion in the city’s popular night market.

In his homily, the archbishop expressed his pain at the death of 14 people, including a pregnant woman and a child.

“Last night, evil came. Barbaric. Very inhuman. Pure innocent lives were lost,” Archbishop Valles said.

“We can and we must be strong. There are many faiths in Davao. We bring ourselves to the Lord,” he said.

Hundreds of people attended the Mass, offered flowers and lit candles for the fatalities.

The Abu Sayyaf, who claim to have links with the group calling itself Islamic State, has reportedly took credit for the attack that also wounded scores of civilians.

Malacanang has asked the public to stay calm, be vigilant and to report to the authorities information about people sowing crimes.

“We pray for the eternal repose of those who died. We pray for those suffering, for the city government,” added Archbishop Valles, who is the vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“With God’s grace our lives will be normal. God is so good. It is the assurance that this Mass offers,” he also said. (John Frances Fuentes/CBCPNews)

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