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No Greater Love

November 9, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

The protestors that are camping on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and on the streets of cities around the world are part of a protest movement that hungers and thirsts for justice and equality and an end to corruption. It began in Spain a year ago when the central plaza was occupied. […]


America's child death shame

October 17, 2011 ·  , BBC News

Why is the problem of violence against children so much more acute in the US than anywhere else in the industrialised world, asks Michael Petit, President of Every Child Matters. Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 American children are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members. That is […]


Happiness, the Measure of a Good Life

April 27, 2011 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Happiness, for one nation at least, is the measure by which they want to judge themselves to be well governed, developed and successful. The measuring stick of the people of Bhutan, a small impoverished kingdom in the Himalayas is Gross National Happiness (or GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (or GDP). Simply put, spiritual well-being […]


‘Worst form of child labor’ reported in PH

January 21, 2011 ·  By Jerry E. Esplanada, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines is one of over 120 countries where the “worst forms of child labor” continue to exist, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and often denying children the chance to attend school and learn the skills they need to become productive adults, according to a US Department of Labor report. The exploitation of […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


Child labor cases uncovered in China

April 30, 2008 · 

SHANGHAI: China said Wednesday that it was investigating whether hundreds or perhaps thousands of children from poor areas in the southwest part of the country had been sold to work as slave laborers in booming coastal factory cities.


Philippine Poverty and Inequality Situation (as of March 2008)

March 9, 2008 · 

Poverty Incidence According to the Social Weather Stations (January 2008): • Almost 1 out of 2 Filipinos see themselves as poor. • 46% of Filipinos families (estimated 8.1 million families or about 40.5 million Filipinos out of the 2007 projected population of 86 million) see themselves as poor. Available data from the government: • 1 […]


Uzbekistan Children used a cotton pickers

October 30, 2007 · 

Was the shirt on your back made using forced child labour? It’s an uncomfortable thought, one that we normally push to the back of our minds as we search out bargains in the High Street. And companies make it easy for us to ignore the problem – reassuring the consumer that manufacturers adhere to strict […]

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