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Topic: Inequality

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 […]


The Hell Fires of Climate Change

February 26, 2015 · 

Father Shay Cullen The Gates of Hell is how Dan brown described Manila in a recent novel and how right he is. The air pollution has grow excessively with thousands more vehicles belching black smoke and a thick sooty smog swirls over the city. Millions of Filipinos inhale the death causing particles that clog up […]


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 […]


Pope Denounces “Scandalous Inequalities” in the Philippines

January 25, 2015 · 

Pope denounces  “Scandalous inequalities”in The Philippines Fr.Shay Cullen With the wind blowing around the pope and rain falling as a tropical typhoon again approached Tacloban Pope Francis is speaking  without a written speech in a homily from the heart and reminding all of us that Jesus of Nazareth has endured all the human trials and […]


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 […]


The story of the Christmas lights

January 13, 2015 · 

December 27, 2014 10:43 pm Hiking uphill through the hot tropical afternoon to the Aeta village of Baliwit, San Marcelino carrying our loaded backpacks was a challenge in itself. The happy thought of bringing some Christmas      cheer into the lives of the very poor indigenous people kept us going. Our mission was to […]


The Values Down-Under

November 5, 2014 · 

Australian Asylum Seeker Protests

Visiting Melbourne and Adelaide in South Australia has
awoken in me a new realization that human nature is the same everywhere in the world but social equality is not.In beautiful,friendly,wealthy and prosperous Australia the goodness and generosity of the people is apparent. It was encouraging and inspiring during my two week daily speaking tour to communities and colleges. In these well-off parishes and colleges I discovered a high sense of social justice in the heart of their Christianity and Catholicism.


Is independence just a ghost?

July 15, 2014 · 

Just before Independence Day was celebrated on June 12, a group of newly enrolled children from a shelter excitedly set out on their first day to walk to school at Gala, Sacatihan, Pamatawan, Subic town, Zambales. The road up the hill would give them an easy walk to freedom through education—the great liberator. But then, […]


No pain for the poor no gain for the rich

July 8, 2014 · 

One of most important things for a happy, meaningful life is to have a goal, a positive purpose that is good for both others and ourselves. It can be helping in the community, volunteering in a Fair Trade shop, supporting a shelter for the homeless, or raising funds for a worthy cause.

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