Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mass for hostage victims, Quirino Grandstand, Aug. 31, 2010

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has announced that Filipino and Chinese priests will co-preside in a Mass to be held 8AM (Manila time), Aug. 31, 2010 (Tuesday) for the victims of the hostage-taking that happened Aug. 23, 2010 in the same place. A number of Hong Kong tourists perished in the said incident, along with their captor, a dismissed Filipino police officer. The Mass will mark the ninth day after the incident, where eight Hong Kong tourists onboard a tourist bus were killed along with their hostage-taker. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo will lead the Mass with Bishops Deogracias IƱiguez Jr. (Caloocan) and Honesto Ongtioco (Cubao) as concelebrants. Even as the instigator of the hostage-taking has perished, investigation in Manila is ongoing, amid protests that have arisen in Hong Kong following the bloody incident. The bodies of the victims have been airlifted to their homeland.

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