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First mass held in Jolo cathedral since twin bomb attacks.

By Leslie Aquino

The Jolo cathedral in Sulu held its first Mass on Tuesday, nearly six months after the twin bomb attacks that claimed 20 lives.

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia led the Mass along with retired Cardinal Orlando Quevedo and several other bishops and priests.

According to a CBCP News post, hundreds of people attended the reconsecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Also in attendance were Archbishops Romulo Valles of Davao, Angelito Lampon of Cotabato, and Romulo Dela Cruz of Zamboanga, and Bishop Edwin Dela Pena of Marawi.

Authorities said the blasts killed 15 civilians and five soldiers during the attack on the southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamic militants.

The first explosion went off inside the church while a Mass on ongoing and was followed by a second blast outside the compound.

ISIS via its Amaq propaganda website claimed responsibility for the Jan. 27 attack.

The initial blast caused severe damage to the cathedral. Costly repairs were funded by the Aid to the Church in Need, a Vatican-recognized foundation, and other organizations.

The Jolo blasts was said to be one of the deadliest bomb attacks in the insurgency-plagued Mindanao region in years despite recent steps toward peace.

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Archbishop Gabrielle Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, leads the reconsecration of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, July 16, nearly six months after the bomb attacks that claimed 20 lives. (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Title Annotation:Mindanao
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Jul 17, 2019
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