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February, 2016

Vatican’s Commission for Child Protection: ‘WE FACE A CHALLENGING TASK’

February 22, 2016 ·  By Sheila Hollins for


British abuse survivor Peter Saunders has taken leave of absence from Pope Francis’ special commission on child protection and has complained that it is flawed and secretive. Here a member of the commission, who worked closely with Saunders, highlights its struggles and achievements The most important part of our mandate as members of the Pontifical […]


On Being Fully Human

February 19, 2016 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen


On Being Fully Human Fr. Shay Cullen 19 February 2016 The deplorable remarks of Philippine congressman and famous world boxing title holder Congressman Manny Pacquiao wherein he described gay people as “worse than animals” are vile comments that are to be condemned, rejected and repudiated in the strongest terms possible. He has since apologized. We […]


Rochdale child sex gang ringleader appeals against deportation

February 17, 2016 · 

Shabir Ahmed, who has lived in England since the age of 14, faces deportation after his conviction for child sex offences. Photograph: Greater Manchester police/Press Association

Shabir Ahmed tells tribunal his trial was ‘institutionally racist’ as he resists efforts to deport him to Pakistan The ringleader of a Rochdale child sex grooming gang cited human rights laws as he launched an appeal against deportation from Britain. Shabir Ahmed, 63 – described by a judge as a “violent hypocritical bully” – has […]


Paedophiles use secret Facebook groups to swap images

February 15, 2016 ·  By Angus Crawford, BBC News for


Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, the BBC has found. Settings on the social network mean the groups are invisible to most users and only members can see the content. Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield said Facebook was not doing enough to police the groups […]


Church groups condemn arrest of anti-mining protesters.

February 15, 2016 · 

The waters of Santa Cruz turn red due to silt and mud that flow downstream from the mines. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Activists say detritus from mine has killed residents, disrupted livelihoods   Church groups and environmental activists in the Philippines condemned the violent dispersal and arrest of several people who were trying to stop mining operations in the northern province of Zambales in the past three weeks. “The police has once again sided with the large-scale […]


Cyber-crime destroys children’s lives

February 12, 2016 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

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Cyber-crime destroys children’s lives Fr. Shay Cullen SSC 12 February 2016 It is the most disturbing crime that you will ever read about when young children, only six years old and above, are taken to a room in a rich suburb or a squatters shack in a slum and made to perform sex acts before […]


The Philippines’ booming cybersex industry

February 11, 2016 ·  By DW Reporter for


The cybersex industry is a billion-dollar business worldwide. And it is expanding in developing countries such as the Philippines, where more children are being abused due to rampant poverty and a growing cyber network. Ibabao is a sleepy seaside village located 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) south of the Philippine capital Manila. Everyone knows everyone in […]


‘World’s worst foster mother’: Global hunt for British woman who handcuffed seven-year-old girl to a chair and starved a six-month baby amid police fears she was linked to paedophile ring in Philippines

February 9, 2016 ·  By Simon Parry In Subic Bay, Philippines For Mailonline for


A British woman believed to be linked to a paedophile ring for sex tourists in the Philippines is on the run from police after abused children as young as six months old were found living in squalor in her home. Lilian May Thomson, 66, has fled her remote rural home in Subic Bay, and is […]


Jean Michaut sends a strong reminder we need to INVEST IN THE CHILDREN.

February 7, 2016 · 


Jean Michaut sends a strong reminder  we need to INVEST IN THE CHILDREN 7 February 2016   Jean  Michaut is a supporter of  Preda and advocated for children rights thsi is a timely  reminder for us all.  Fr.Shay  Jean writes:   A lot has been said and written about the poor education of children in the Philippines but […]


On clergy sex abuse cases: CBCP vows to cooperate.

February 7, 2016 · 

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CEBU, Philippines – The Catholic Bi-shops’ Conference of the Philippines has assured “cooperation with civil authorities” in running after its members who are associated with sexual abuse, saying it has “tarnished the Church’s image around the world”. “…the bishops are determined to make sure the Church is a safe environment for all Catholics, especially for […]

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