Philippine bishop in Sulu fights violence with words
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Prelate calls for deeper inter-religious dialogue in restive Muslim region where predecessor was shot dead
A soldier guards the entrance of the Catholic cathedral in Jolo, Sulu. (Photo by Vincent Go)
A bishop in the restive southern Philippine province of Sulu has been fighting persecution and violence with interreligious dialogue in his vicariate that is based in a predominantly Muslim area.
Bishop Angelito Lampon, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation, said he accepted the "call to martyrdom" when he was named Bishop of Jolo in 1998.
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