The Islamic State-linked Amaq News Agency released a video on June 4 showing militants destroying a church in Marawi, Philippines.

The video shows the jihadists desecrate the church by first smashing statues of Christ and other saints, and then setting the entire building on fire.

The city once populated by 200,000 Filipinos but now mostly abandoned, with about 2 thousand citizens still trapped in the area, has become the scene for the Islamic State to, for the first time ever, challenge territorial control of the Philippine authorities.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said fighters had forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a priest, 10 worshippers and three church workers.

“They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,” Villegas said in a statement.

“[The priest] was not a combatant. He was not bearing arms. He was a threat to none. His capture and that of his companions violates every norm of civilised conflict,” he added.

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  1. Savages! If I were Duterte, I will get all the 1,000 people left in Marawi and then bomb and bomb and bomb and bomb Marawi until every last Islamic terrorist there is blown up!

  2. Pathetic, sad souls who may burn in hell for all eternity if they do not turn to Jesus Christ as their savior. They can burn and destroy our Catholic symbols, but we the people are the body of Christ. The whole world does not seem to get the bigger picture on this. This is the great fight of good against terrible evil. Believe it. Pray. Fight.

  3. No respect for life or anything of anyones faith they have nothing they will know that very soon. Sad what they have done torturing and killing the innocent. No compassion for these creeps they will soon know the wrath that will be put ipon them.

  4. Those animals can destroy inanimate objects, but WILL NEVER DESTROY the faith of so many!!! May Jesus Christ protect us all and forgive those who know not what they do

  5. May God have mercy on this corrupt world. As Our Lady said in Fatima, we must pray the rosary and make reparation for the sins and atrocities committed against her Immaculate Heart. We must pray for the conversion of sinners and world peace. Worse yet is the indifference of lukewarm Catholics. Those of us who love our Lord and hate seeing this must make many penances!

  6. Uneducated and easily influenced people who just believe whatever their “leaders” tell them will do the source of so much hatred.

  7. They can brake all the statues they find…. rhey can burn any picture they find…
    But in no way they will make us break the laws of God and our heart still is full with God’s love.


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