After several failed attempts, Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña was finally able to revisit the ruined city center of Marawi and the remnants of a desecrated Cathedral that he used to call home.
Upon his entry to the Church, the Bishop quietly knelt before the altar where he celebrated the Holy Mass for 17 years.
“It was a very emotional visit for me...For the first time since the siege of Marawi, we entered Marawi Cathedral. It was heartbreaking,” Dela Peña said.
He then proceeded to the beheaded statue of Maria Auxiliadora (Mary Help of Christians), to whom the Cathedral is dedicated to.