A grenade explosion in the Philippines injured at least eight soldiers and six civilians in Cotabato on the island of Mindanao, on Sunday. Police stated the grenade was thrown near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, seat of the archdiocese of Cotabato, and the radio station owned by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Following the killing of a pastor on the Island of Mindanao on Friday, church leaders in the Philippines decried an alleged increase in attacks on Christian human rights defenders since the start of the Rodrigo Duterte administration in 2016.
Will Graham, the grandson of Dr. Billy Graham, preached the Gospel message to over 100,000 in the Philippines during his “evangelistic celebration,” a crusade-style outreach across the globe, continuing the legacy of his grandfather through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Christians in the insurgency-scarred southern Philippines who hoped for peace after the region won official status as an autonomous, Islamic sub-state last month received a mortifying message when Islamist terrorists bombed a Catholic cathedral on Jan. 27.
On Sunday, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through China after devastating the northern Philippines. The Typhoon brought strong winds moving at 127 mph with gusts up to 158 mph, and heavy rains that left at least 64 people dead and dozens more potentially buried in a landslide.