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A Small Town in Austria

March 20, 2015 · 

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When the mayor of this seemingly clean and well-ordered town invited me during my lecture tour to a meeting with his town council in 2014, he said the town had problems and asked if I could help. At first he discussed Fair Trade and how his town could do more to support the sale of […]


What is Fair Trade all about?

March 1, 2015 · 


Juan and Maria de la Costa are couple living with three children in the mountains of Zambales 140 kilometers north of Manila. They are subsistence farmers, struggling to survive on what they can grow. They have lived in poverty making a living from planting vegetables, gathering wild honey and harvesting mango fruits to sell in […]


Does God allow human suffering?

February 26, 2015 · 

Does God allow human suffering? Fr. Shay Cullen The children were all gathered in the center for street children near the Manila Cathedral when the Pope just finished a mass during which he challenged bishops and priests to be true pastors and imitate Christ and serve the poor. He went into the home where he […]


Child Abuse in Jails

January 28, 2015 · 

Child abuse in jails January 26, 2015 1:44 am by FR. SHAY CULLEN THE front page of a widely circulated tabloid said it all in just one message in extra large bold letters: “Kids made to perform sex acts in detention.” Sensational indeed but true, very shockingly true. That is just one of the many violations […]


The message of Pope Francis to the Filipinos

January 25, 2015 · 

 The message of Pope Francis to the Filipinos Fr. Shay Cullen Mssc. The visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on 15 January this 2015 is greatly awaited and what his message will be to this most catholic nation in Asia is a matter of intense speculation . Of course there will be millions trying […]


Soft drink firms still target kids, report finds

November 26, 2014 · 

Maggie Fox NBC News Soft drink makers have kept some of their promises to cut back marketing to kids, but they’re still spending enormous amounts of money selling sugary drinks, a new study finds. Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013. That’s four times as much as they spent advertising pure […]


Solidarity for Philippine Fair Trade

August 12, 2014 · 

Shay Cullen Mssc. Fairness and justice is what the  poor and the oppressed need from those elected to protect and serve them. When the people are in greatest need and government officials turn away then the people have been betrayed ,abandoned and left without help. This is what I experience everyday in our  struggle to […]


Justice and injustice have their own zones

August 1, 2014 · 

The huge mega-brothels conveniently situated near European international airports have hundreds of young girls trapped as prostitutes. Prostitution has been legalised in most European countries and, while this protects European Union women who have freely chosen to be sex workers from harassment and abuse and gives them rights, it gives little or no protection, medical help, or human rights guarantees to undocumented migrants.


Debt relief

April 23, 2014 · 

Editorial Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:12 am | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014  Debt condonation is something a government avoids because of its repercussions on a country¹s financial and economic wellbeing. A country that expresses even the slightest hint of a request for debt condonation worries the international lending community. However, an appeal two weeks ago by […]



September 27, 2013 · 

By Fr. Shay Cullen I was visiting villages where a new group of small farmers had become members of the ever growing Preda Fair Trade partnership. They lived off mixed farming and mango trees. They proudly showed me some of the benefits of the fair trade payments and dividend bonuses they received for their mango […]

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