ON behalf of Most Rev. Nereo P. Odchimar, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, we express our sadness and dismay over the killing of Rev. Fr. Fausto Tentorio PIME. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Fr. Tentorio, the PIME community and the Diocese of Kidapawan, particularly those communities he has so dearly loved and served. We join everyone’s prayer for the eternal rest of this very kind soul in the love of God.
We are also one with the many concerned individuals and groups in calling on the relevant agencies of government to attend to this incident speedily. We earnestly ask that, together with the efforts to identify and arrest the ones behind that act, necessary safety measures be accorded to all Church workers, especially the missionaries who have left their country to serve our people.
We pray that the love of God and our yearning for true peace and development sustain us in every work that we do, just as Fr. Tentorio and many other martyrs of the faith exemplified for all of us. May the merciful God always guide us.
MSGR. JUANITO S. FIGURA
Secretary General, CBCP
October 18, 2011