Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 28 May |
The Solemnity of Pentecost
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Filipino priest rescued from ISIS captivity


Ted Aljibe | AFP

Philip Kosloski - published on 09/18/17

Fr. Chito of Marawi was recently saved after being captured by terrorists four months ago.

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

The city of Marawi in the Philippines has been occupied by terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State for the past several months. On May 23 the Maute group seized St. Mary’s Cathedral and captured Fr. Teresito “Chito” Soganob, along with 10 other persons. Last month the cathedral was taken back after a successful military operation, but the Christian captives were still to be located.

According to Vatican Radio, “Fr. Chito was rescued with another individual at about 11 p.m. Saturday,” and Bishop Edwin dela Pena of Marawi “said that he was happy receiving messages about Fr. Chito’s rescue.”

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz explained to CBCPNews their “liberation is the result of our faith in prayer.” He further commented, “So many are praying for his freedom. So many Masses are celebrated for that intention … The power of prayer is once again shown as a witness of our solid faith in God.”

However, Maute continues to hold about 56 Christian hostages, and military operations are in progress hoping to recover the remaining hostages.

Islamist MilitantsPhilippines
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.