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The bishops appealed for dialogue with Muslims ‘so that our various faiths may not be exploited and abused for the sake of terrorism or violent extremism’

Fr Chito was kidnapped by Islamist militants last Tuesday along with at least a dozen worshippers and church workers

The Philippines Islamists reportedly warned a bishop they would kill their hostages unless the military called off its offensive

At least 21 people have died in fighting between the Philippines army and ISIS-linked militant groups