Catholics attending a Sunday mass in Guam pray for peace amid missile threats from North Korea. No reporter narration.
Catholics attending a Sunday (August 13) mass in Guam prayed for peace amid missile threats from North Korea. Pyongyang's state-run KCNA news agency said on Thursday (August 10) its army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam. An 11:00 AM local time (0100 GMT) service at Saint Anthony's Cathedral was packed with worshipers, most of whom, like Elizabeth Cena, a local account, were there to pray for a smooth road ahead. "Because we don't really know what's gonna happen, you know. If everything happens, then, you know, we just got to be ready, and we're always listening to the news and of course, the best one is again, pray, pray, and pray. That's the best thing," said Cena. Monsignor James Benavente told churchgoers during his sermon to "not be afraid" of the recent threats and place their faith in Jesus. Guam's Catholic population dates back to the 17th century during the Spanish colonial era and is one of the oldest in the Western Pacific.