THE SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office and the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) launched “Where God Weeps,” an exhibit on persecuted Churches to promote religious freedom, last Nov. 28 at the Main Building lobby.

“We need to use our religion to bridge peace with other religions and cultures,” UST Simbahayan Director Mark Anthony Abenir told the Varsitarian.

The exhibit’s highlight piece was “Maria Auxiliadora de los Cristianos De Marawi,” a statue that allegedly lost its head and the infant Jesus it was carrying during the Marawi siege in May 2017.

Dozens of other destroyed religious items salvaged from churches located in the Islamic State war zones were also displayed in the exhibit.

“We need to have religious dialogues, cultural dialogues, so these things will not occur,” Abenir said.

ACN is a pontifical foundation that provides support for persecuted Christians around the world. The Philippines is the last stop in the exhibit’s world tour before it returns to Germany to be part of a permanent collection in ACN’s headquarters.


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