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‘…There Is A Special Place In Hell For Killers, There Is A Worse Place For Those Who Kill Priest’ – Philippine Bishops 

‘…There Is A Special Place In Hell For Killers, There Is A Worse Place For Those Who Kill Priest’ – Philippine Bishops 

Sadly, three priests have been brutally murdered over the past six months in the Philippines. 

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Crime scene

Reverend Father Richmond Nilo, the parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, was shot in the chapel on Sunday where he was preparing for Mass. Surveillance video obtained by police shows that he was targeted in a premeditated murder by a group of men. 

CCT video shows one of the men crouching by one of the chapel windows and firing seven rounds from a .45 caliber pistol through the window, killing Fr. Nilo beside the altar. Amado Corpus, the regional director for Central Luzon police, explained at a press conference on Monday that Fr. Nilo was followed as he drove to the chapel. The car drove away, but a few minutes later a motorcycle with two men stopped beside Fr. Nilo’s car. 

Corpus explained, “They shot the priest almost two to three meters away from the altar.” 

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other several officials from the diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan called on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church because such attacks can wittingly embolden more crimes against priests.” 

Father Nilo is the third priest killed in the last six months. In May, Fr. Mark Ventura was shot after Mass. In December, Fr. Marcelito Paez was shot by gunmen riding a motorcycle. 

In a statement released on Tuesday, the clergy of the archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan decried the killing of priests.

The bloodied soil is crying to Heaven for justice,” they wrote. “God’s justice be upon those who kill the Lord’s anointed ones. There is a special place in Hell for killers. There is a worse place for those who kill priests.”

They also called for a day of reparation on June 18, the ninth day after his death, to be a day of fasting and abstinence, with a dawn pilgrimage, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Masses.

The bloodied soil is crying to Heaven for justice.

Additionally, they call that “all the parish church bells should ring for 15 minutes at six o’clock … to commemorate the time when Fr. Nilo was killed.”

The statement recalled the power of the Rosary that helped remove Ferdinand Marcos from power in 1986 and “cast the dictator from his throne.” 

“Courage is contagious. Cowardice stinks. Prayer heals. Penance revives the dead,” the statement read. It continues: 

We are not afraid. We trust in the Lord. We are ready to battle for God’s honor. They want to bury us priests. But they forget that we priests are seeds. When you bury us, we will grow more and flourish. You cannot stop the Gospel from growing. You cannot stop God from being God. You cannot muzzle the voice of Truth.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte

Some parishioners believe the murder was a result of a rift with members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ, INC). The INC was started in 1914 by Felix Y. Manalo, an ex-Catholic, who believes himself to be the restorer of the church of Christ and “God’s last messenger.” 

Father Nilo was reported to be “a stern defender of the Catholic religion” and a public debate with the INC was scheduled for August 31. 

Noel Jetajobe, the Vicar General, said these rumors were unfair, noting there have been other public debates that didn’t result in killings. 

Corpus confirmed that a religious motive has been included in the investigation, but said, “We cannot say the motive until it’s supported with enough evidence.”

A witness who was planning to attend Fr. Nilo’s Mass told reporters that there were around 70 people inside the chapel when Fr. Nilo was shot. Corpus explained that a police task force is preparing a composite sketch based on the CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts.

Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. 

‘…There Is A Special Place In Hell For Killers, There Is A Worse Place For Those Who Kill Priests’ – Philippine Bishops 

‘…There Is A Special Place In Hell For Killers, There Is A Worse Place For Those Who Kill Priests’ – Philippine Bishops 

Sadly, three priests have been brutally murdered over the past six months in the Philippines. 

Image
Crime scene

Reverend Father Richmond Nilo, the parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, was shot in the chapel on Sunday where he was preparing for Mass. Surveillance video obtained by police shows that he was targeted in a premeditated murder by a group of men. 

CCT video shows one of the men crouching by one of the chapel windows and firing seven rounds from a .45 caliber pistol through the window, killing Fr. Nilo beside the altar. Amado Corpus, the regional director for Central Luzon police, explained at a press conference on Monday that Fr. Nilo was followed as he drove to the chapel. The car drove away, but a few minutes later a motorcycle with two men stopped beside Fr. Nilo’s car. 

Corpus explained, “They shot the priest almost two to three meters away from the altar.” 

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other several officials from the diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan called on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church because such attacks can wittingly embolden more crimes against priests.” 

Father Nilo is the third priest killed in the last six months. In May, Fr. Mark Ventura was shot after Mass. In December, Fr. Marcelito Paez was shot by gunmen riding a motorcycle. 

In a statement released on Tuesday, the clergy of the archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan decried the killing of priests.

The bloodied soil is crying to Heaven for justice,” they wrote. “God’s justice be upon those who kill the Lord’s anointed ones. There is a special place in Hell for killers. There is a worse place for those who kill priests.”

They also called for a day of reparation on June 18, the ninth day after his death, to be a day of fasting and abstinence, with a dawn pilgrimage, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Masses.

The bloodied soil is crying to Heaven for justice.

Additionally, they call that “all the parish church bells should ring for 15 minutes at six o’clock … to commemorate the time when Fr. Nilo was killed.”

The statement recalled the power of the Rosary that helped remove Ferdinand Marcos from power in 1986 and “cast the dictator from his throne.” 

“Courage is contagious. Cowardice stinks. Prayer heals. Penance revives the dead,” the statement read. It continues: 

We are not afraid. We trust in the Lord. We are ready to battle for God’s honor. They want to bury us priests. But they forget that we priests are seeds. When you bury us, we will grow more and flourish. You cannot stop the Gospel from growing. You cannot stop God from being God. You cannot muzzle the voice of Truth.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte

Some parishioners believe the murder was a result of a rift with members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ, INC). The INC was started in 1914 by Felix Y. Manalo, an ex-Catholic, who believes himself to be the restorer of the church of Christ and “God’s last messenger.” 

Father Nilo was reported to be “a stern defender of the Catholic religion” and a public debate with the INC was scheduled for August 31. 

Noel Jetajobe, the Vicar General, said these rumors were unfair, noting there have been other public debates that didn’t result in killings. 

Corpus confirmed that a religious motive has been included in the investigation, but said, “We cannot say the motive until it’s supported with enough evidence.”

A witness who was planning to attend Fr. Nilo’s Mass told reporters that there were around 70 people inside the chapel when Fr. Nilo was shot. Corpus explained that a police task force is preparing a composite sketch based on the CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts.

Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. 

Horror! Another Catholic Priest Shot Dead In The Philippines 

Horror! Another Catholic Priest Shot Dead In The Philippines 

Rev. Fr. Mark Ventura

It happened in the Philippines: 

A Catholic priest known for his anti-mining advocacy was shot dead on Sunday after celebrating Mass in the northern Philippines, police said.

Father Mark Ventura was shot twice in a public gymnasium in the town of Gattaran in Cagayan province, 396 kilometres north of Manila, where the Mass was held.

Ventura, 37, was blessing children and chatting with choir members after the Mass when the suspect shot him from behind, Gattaran police chief Rodel Tabulog.

The shooter, who was wearing a helmet, fled on a motorcycle with another suspect, Tabulog said.

Reaction: 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemned on Sunday, April 29, the murder of 37-year-old priest Father Mark Ventura, who was shot dead by riding-in-tandem killers after saying Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan.

“We condemn this evil act!” said CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles in a statement Sunday afternoon.

“We make our appeal to the authorities to act swiftly in going after the perpetrators of this crime and to bring them to justice,” he added.

“The brazen attack on the 37-year-old Fr Ventura, known for his advocacy against mining and being of aid to indigenous peoples, has no place in our society and under this administration which boasts of prioritizing law and order and brags about reduced crime rates,” Pangilinan said.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord… 

SEE VIDEO!!! The True Story Behind The Virgin Mary Statue Found Under Water

SEE VIDEO!!! The True Story Behind The Virgin Mary Statue Found Under Water

Off the coast of the Bohol province in the Philippines, is a 14-foot statue of the Virgin Mary, situated underwater. To visit the statue requires scuba gear. Divers visit the statue regularly to honor Our Lady.

The beautiful statue was placed on the reef to stop dynamite fishing by locals. The dynamite destroys the reef and kills sea life indiscriminately. Fishermen harvest only the fish they want, and leave the rest to decay.

This practice is traditional, but it is also destructive and arguably inconsistent with our mission to serve as stewards of the planet. The statue of Our Lady protects the reef, providing sanctuary for all live, both human and animal.

As we marvel at Our Lady, we need to pray for the well being of the fishermen who rely on the waters for their livelihood. We pray they enjoy abundance. We also pray for the preservation of the reef and the land upon which they depend for survival. May the people and nature coexist in harmony. May God provide for all.

May we be reminded by Our Lady that we are stewards of God’s creation. Our dominion over the land and see does not mean we are entitled to strip nature bare. Instead, we are obligated to care for both, and to use the harvest we are given from God for the benefit of all our brothers and sisters.

We pray, Hail Mary…

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