Filipino Bishops call for the pursuit of a path to peace
(Vatican Radio) Filipino bishops are calling on leaders and on all men and women of goodwill to pursue a path that leads to peace.
In a statement approved by the Bishops of Mindanao where the military has been conducting air strikes in Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was overrun by islamist militants.
The region is a stronghold for the local Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
Fighting erupted after the army tried to capture a top militant leader whom IS has allegedly designated its leader in the Philippines. When the raid failed, dozens of gunmen came out