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Children are hurt Most by Lack of Justice

November 4, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The report a while ago about the Philippines being one of the lowest ranking countries on the index of Transparency International and tagged as “highly corrupt” should be no great surprise. Outspoken Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi and the diocesan clergy said in a strongly worded Pastoral Letter that “there has been an erosion of […]

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The Struggle against Corruption

October 29, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

No wonder that the new Philippine “Aquino administration” made anti-corruption its main drive against poverty. “If there is no corruption, there will be no poverty”, says President Noynoy Aquino. This was the slogan that won him the election. It’s so true and yet the solutions are still so hard to find and reform is seemingly […]

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Those Who Choose to Go on Mission

October 20, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

In October, Mission Sunday is a day to remember the thousands of courageous dedicated people who have chosen to do something to help others, less fortunate than them. They are people who appreciate all they have in life and go out beyond their insular lives and family, to share with others and to give back […]

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Child Protection is Still a Low Priority

October 15, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Trafficking of street children for sexual exploitation is a heinous crime in most countries but flourishes nevertheless and it is difficult to get accurate figures since most of it is done in secret. However, estimates say that over 2 million are trafficked in Asia every year. Police and social services are inadequately trained, have low […]

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Religious Faith without Action is Dead

October 7, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

A coalition of child rights advocates rallied at the Hall of Justice, Olongapo city last 5 October to demand a swift and honest investigation by prosecutors into the alleged trafficking and rape of a 12-year-old girl by Jose Rodriguez, the mayor of San Marcelino, Zambales.

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The Millennium Development Goals to Reduce Poverty

September 29, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

In the year 2000, the United Nations set eight goals to reduce by half the number of people living in dire poverty worldwide. The achievements and failures in the past ten years were reviewed a few weeks ago by world leaders meeting in The UN headquarters in New York.

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Fair-Trade Fights for Justice and Freedom

September 22, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Before I became a missionary priest I thought about my life during a spiritual retreat and asked how could I best live usefully and worthwhile since human life is so short. Would I reach eternal life? No one can know the answer, we have to die first. So I realized that since I was not […]

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Youth Are Prime Target of Killer Cigarettes

August 18, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

It’s when the frightening desperate gasping for breath fills the house and the fifty-five year Pedro Galmanan, father of five, struggles to suck oxygen into his lungs to stay alive and his children realize the terrible effects cigarette smoking has on their father. His addiction to cigarettes cost him his job, drove the family into […]

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Angel-Grace, Her Story Continued

January 13, 2010 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

It was a happy day and a happier event for hundreds of the descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines. They were gathered in the covered basketball court of Botolan, Zambales, to be recognized as the rightful inhabitants and owners of 15,000 square kilometers of ancestral domain. Many of them had walked thirty or […]

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The Silence of the Victims

January 6, 2010 · 

This is the story of a Filipino child, Angel-grace, one of many, representative of millions around the world. I will be frank in telling her story. My readers will want to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They will settle for nothing less difficult as it may be to open […]

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