Kidapawan bishop vows to continue Fr. Tentorio's humanitarian work

October 18, 2011 9:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 18 — A Catholic bishop in Kidapawan City vowed to pursue the humanitarian work left by slain Italian priest Fausto Tentorio in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato.

"The death of Fr. Fausto will not go in vain because we will continue the work that he began, that he did for the last 30 years here in the Diocese of Kidapawan," Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz told Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Tentorio, a known anti-mining advocate in North Cotabato, was shot at around 7:30 a.m. Monday inside the parish grounds of the Mother of Perpetual Help parish in Arakan Valley.

He was the third missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) killed in Mindanao. The other two were Fr. Tullio Favali, killed in 1985, and Fr. Salvatore Carzedda, slain in 1992.

Like other Catholic bishops in Mindanao, Dela Cruz also called for justice for the death of Tentorio who had been helping indigenous groups defend their rights and hold on to their ancestral lands.

"We can only wish you that such a thing will stop, because all that you have been doing in the Philippines is to work for the poor, the oppressed, and the the weak in the society," he said.

"Sa mga PIME fathers, we would like to say, we grieve with you, we express our sorrow to you with this another violent killing of one of your members," he added. (PNA) DCT/LAM/jmc

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