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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’

Spreading ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ is a sin against charity, the Philippine bishops said

Officials have also urged people not to share the video, saying the militants sought to fan hatred between Christians and Muslims

The Bishop of Marawi described the desecration as ‘blasphemy’ and ‘demonic’

A Catholic priest is among those being held by the extremists in the southern city of Marawi

President Duterte declared martial law across the southern part of the country after Islamist militants stormed the city of Marawi

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

The extremists forced their way into a cathedral in Marawi as violence erupted in the southern city