Thousands of Christians and Muslims attend the funeral of Fr Reynaldo Jesus Albores Roda
Datu Odin Sinsuat, Philippines, Jan.23, 2008 (vaticans.org) – Thousands of Christians and Muslims attended the funeral Mass of Fr Reynaldo Jesus Albores Roda who was shot to death on January 15 by allegedly pro-al-Qaeda militants. The Oblate clergyman was killed when he tried to resist about ten armed men who had barged into the chapel at Our Lady School in Tabawan, near Tawi-Tawi. A Muslim teacher, Omar Taub, was abducted.
Parents, students and teachers from Kidapawan, Maguindanao, Tabawan and Tawi-tawi in southern Mindanao attended the service.
The burial ceremony, presided by the Superior of the Oblate Order of Mary Immaculate (to which Father Roda belonged), took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Tamontaka.
The bishop answered his own question. “Somebody,” he said, “was bound to hurt Fr. Roda’s because of his missionary work for the poor and his commitment to justice and social issues and to both Christians and Muslims.”
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