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Marawi bishop returns to damaged church.

For the first time since the end of the war in Marawi City, Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Pena returned to the damaged St. Mary's Cathedral, the seat of the Prelature of Marawi.

Dela Pena was with some officials of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines and the Order of Malta Philippines when he visited the remnants of the cathedral on Thursday.

In a statement, ACN Philippines described the visit as 'heartbreaking and emotional' for Dela Pena, who last entered the cathedral before the war started on May 23, 2017.

'So many memories. We were the ones who built this. Now, everything is destroyed,' Dela Pena was quoted as saying.

The bishop also became emotional in front of the beheaded statue of Mary, Help of Christians to whom the church was dedicated.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jan 14, 2018
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