Guam’s Faithful Look To God As North Korea Threat Looms

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Guam’s faithful look to God as North Korea threat looms

Among the tips: don’t use hair conditioner. “It will bind radioactive material to you,” the sheet said.
There’s no suggestion that any missiles fired from North Korea would be armed with nuclear warheads.
Father Paul Gofigan preaches at Sunday mass on August 13.

Father Paul Gofigan preaches at Sunday mass on August 13.

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Guam has been US territory since 1898 and, although its residents can’t vote, it’s home to two important military installations — likely targets for an adversary in any potential Pacific conflict.
    Caught in North Korea’s crosshairs, Guam’s largely Catholic population has been turning to its faith.
    Father Gofigan confesses it can be hard to find the right words for his congregation.
    “It’s very difficult to try to really, specially with the threat of a nuclear explosion… it’s very difficult to bring that message of inner peace.”
    Local residents attend Sunday Mass on August 13 at Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatña, Guam.

    Local residents attend Sunday Mass on August 13 at Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatña, Guam.

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    Prayer, faith and family

    Of the nearly two dozen people CNN has spoken to about the looming threat, most have taken it in stride and nearly all of them have mentioned their religion.
      Their answers have centered around the idea that they can find peace through prayer, faith and family.
      Some are stoic, and say what happens is in God’s hands, even if they were to die. Others take a more optimistic train of thought — it’s in God’s hands, so no need to worry.
      “I’m sure that we all are worried but when we do trust in the Lord, we have to leave our worries up to Him,” local resident Maureen Lujan said.
      Domingo Santos, an 85-year-old survivor of the Japanese occupation during World War II, told CNN he asks himself what is going to happen, but falls back on his faith. “As a Catholic, I believe all I have to do is pray,” he said.
        Local resident Barbara Delgado told CNN she was getting her family prepared “for the what ifs.”
        “We have faith in our military defense — that they will protect us and of course we have also faith in Blessed Mother and Dear Lord,” she said. “They will watch over this island as they always have.”
        Despite the different answers, the importance of faith in Guam stands in stark contrast to North Korea — a communist state where atheism is the official policy and foreigners have been imprisoned for years for allegedly bringing bibles into the country.
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