Fr. Fausto Tentorio

Fr. Fausto Tentorio

Brigadier General Cesar Sedillo, Assistant Division Commander of the 6th Infantry Division answers questions from members of the Congressional Committee on Human Rights during a public hearing in Davao City on Friday, November 9. Sedillo was questioned regarding the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato last year. Arakan is under the 6th ID. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

AFP, PNP either clueless on Bagani armed group, or turning blind eye, solons say

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – The military and the police are either clueless about the existence of the Bagani armed group in...

Fr. Geremia assumes Tentorio’s parish in Arakan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – Fr. Peter Geremia, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) and parish priest of Columbio in...

Robredo’s death a big blow to fight for justice for Fr. Pops Tentorio

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) --  The unexpected death of  Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo has left a void not only in the campaign for...

Suspects in Fr. Tentorio slay charged

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Authorities filed this week murder complaints against Jimmy Ato, who was arrested almost two months ago in Arakan town...

NBI agents return to court warrant for Tentorio’s killer minus his ‘person’

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from Northern Mindanao (Region 10) have returned the warrant...

Bishop says arrest of suspect in Fr. Tentorio’s killing “key step” towards justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz  is “not prepared to dismiss and make light of the results of the work...

Brother of suspect in Fr. Tentorio killing denies involvement; seeks politician’s help

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/31 December) --  Fearing for his life and his family’s, the brother of the primary suspect in the killing of Italian missionary...

Fr. Pops’ Murder Suspect

NBI agents take off the handcuffs from Jimmy Ato, alleged gunman in the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, at the NBI regional...

Alleged gunman of Italian missionary nabbed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 Dec) – Posing as mining prospectors, National Bureau of Investigation agents went to a hinterland village in Arakan, North...
Military officers led by Maj. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero, Eastern Mindanao Command chief, attended the funeral mass for slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio at Our Lady of Mediatrix in Kidapawan City on Tuesday. Mindanews Photo by Rene Lumawag

They all came for Father Fausto Tentorio

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – Father Fausto Tentorio disliked ceremonies, especially those that drew attention to himself,  and if he were alive, Kidapawan Bishop...

Fr. Fausto Tentorio laid to rest

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 October) –  When the 39-year Italian missionary Fr. Tullio Favali was gunned down by a paramilitary group on April 11, 1985,...

Final Touches

FINAL TOUCHES. Workers prepare the plot where Fr. Fausto Tentorio's remains will be buried Tuesday near another Italian PIME martyr, Tullio Favali who was...
Parishioners and friends of slain missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio line up to see his remains at the Notre Dame of Arakan, North Cotabato on Sunday, October 23. Fr. Tentorio was the school director. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

PIME unfazed; will continue to work in Mindanao

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/24 October) – Three of their colleagues have been killed since 1985 and two others have been kidnapped since 1998 in...

The email that did not come: Brother recalls times shared with slain priest

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/24 October) – In the last five years, slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio had been consistently writing emails to his family back in Leco, Italy every week. His elder brother Felici, who arrived in this town on Saturday, told Mindanews that he usually wrote emails to Fr. Tentorio on Fridays or Saturdays. And the priest would usually reply on Mondays. But when Felici checked his emails on October 17, Monday, he was wondering why there was none from his brother.

Rite of welcome

KIDAPAWAN CATHEDRAL. Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz officiates the "rite of welcome for the deceased priest to the church" at the Our Lady of...
Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz with Fr. Fausto Tentorio's brother, Felix and his family at the Our Lady of the Mediatrix Cathedral in Kidapawan City Monday noon. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas

Funeral march for Tentorio: as it was in 1985 for Favali

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 October) –  As it was for slain Italian missionary Tullio Favali 26 years ago, thousands of parishioners, sympathizers and protesters will...

Tentorio’s remains moved to Notre Dame in Doroluman

ARAKAN, North Cotabato – Some 500 farmers, Lumads (indigenous peoples), students and churchworkers marched five kilometers from the Our Mother of Perpetual Parish in...

Theatre group pays tribute to slain Italian priest

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/23 October) -- The Davao-based Kaliwat Theatre Collective on Saturday paid tribute to Fr. Fausto Tentorio at the Our Mother of...

Fr. Tentorio: missionary murdered 6 days before World Mission Sunday

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 October)  --  When he joined the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME),  Father Fausto Tentorio signed a declaration that in...

COMMENTARY: Fr. Pops and his people’s dreams

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 October) -- October 17 as I was travelling from Columbio to Kidapawan a close friend called “Fr. Pops was shot!”...

State agents killed Fr. Tentorio?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 October) -- Government prosecutors have entertained the possibility that state agents were behind the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio,...

AFP killed Fr. Pops, say church leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – Militant church leaders and organizations have pointed accusing fingers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the murder...

Two kinds of bullets used in killing priest; killer was “highly-trained shooter”

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/19 October) -- Results of the autopsy conducted on the slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, showed two kinds of bullets were...

Fr. Tentorio’s funeral set on Oct. 25

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) --  He was about to enter his vehicle in the garage of his convent in Arakan, North Cotabato, to drive...

Groups say anti-mining stance “possible, if not probable cause” of priest’s slay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 October) – His anti-mining advocacy and  active defense of indigenous peoples’ rights could be the “possible, if not probable, cause” for...

Underscoring the culture of impunity sweeping the rural areas of Mindanao

Underscoring the culture of impunity sweeping the rural areas of Mindanao, Fr. Faustino "Father Pops" Tenorio, an Italian PIME priest, was gunned down this...
Fr. Giovanni Vettorello, assistant parish priest of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Arakan, North Cotabato, and parish staff Gigie Liboon share snippets of the life and work of Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio on Monday, October 17, 2011 outside the Somo Funeral Parlor in Arakan as they wait for the embalming of Fr. Pop's remains to be finished. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Everyone knew “Tatay Pops” — from grandparents to grandchildren

ARAKAN, North Cotabato –  “I learned a lot from his experience here in his pastoral work Everyone knew him here -- from grandparents to...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A friendship with Pops across 34 years

CEBU CITY (MindaNews/18 October) -- The first text came just before 10 a.m. on the 17th of October, 2011  with these words - Fr....

Slain priest’s mahogany tree: “Use this for my coffin”

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October)  -  Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio aka Tatay Pops, had pointed to a particular mahogany tree  among the hundreds...
HERE, HERE. A police officer points to where one of the empty shells from a 9mm pistol was recovered at the convent's carport in Arakan, North Cotabato, where Italian missionary, Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, was killed shortly before 8am Monday. Mindanews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Gunman shot priest at close range, made sure he was dead

ARAKAN, North Cotabato –  Silence filled the Our Mother of Perpetual Help parish as hundreds of people gathered and waited for Fr. Fausto Tentorio’s...

COMMENTARY: Martyr for Justice and Peace

BANGKOK (MindaNews/17 October) -- I have no hesitation to call Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, as a martyr for justice and peace. He is a...

Italian priest gunned down in North Cotabato

An Italian priest who has been serving Mindanao for decades and who was head of the Tribal Filipinos Apostolate of the Diocese of Kidapawan was gunned down at around 8:30 Monday morningjust as he was preparing to leave his convent in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, for the 9 a.m. Presbyterium in Kidapawan City.

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