Fr. Shay Cullen

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The rains would not stop even after the winds had died down. Rachel was terrified for her children and herself. Juanito, her husband had gone looking for food. The typhoon blew wild and wickedly across the Philippines leaving behind rising flood waters, mangled huts and shacks, and toppled mango trees.…

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We have to have a mission in life, to make it meaningful,with purpose and to live more fully.The mission can be to accomplish any good work, motivated by a spiritual value of compassion, love of justice, care of others,empathy and solidarity with the sick, the oppressed and lonely. These inner…

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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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The attention of the international news media is focused on what the United States will do to prevent the Assad regime from using abhorrent chemical weapons again. The US Senate has given the go-signal to President Obama. The alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity that Assad and his followers…

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These days the good name of non-government organizations (NGOs), church charities and people’s organizations in the Philippines have been dragged into the mud and disrepute by the corrupt acts of politicians who used fake NGOs and charities and even government agencies to launder stolen public funds entrusted to them for…

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It’s a happy day when we can save children from abusers, illegal detention, brothels, or from the clutches of traffickers, sex tourists or child porn makers. We at the Preda Foundation do that a lot but why is it so necessary in a so-called Catholic civilized country under the rule…

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Subic Bay, Philippines: After 44 years working for human rights and social development in Olongapo City, the former home port of the US 7th Fleet, I have seen the futility of using military violence to solve political and territorial problems. The Korean, Vietnam, and Middle Eastern wars were launched or…

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Children as young as six can access the internet and parents and grandparents don’t have a clue about it. Disgusting and psychologically damaging images are being sent to cell-phones, computers and pads daily and some may just pop up on your child’s, or grandchildren’s device. It is a traumatic experience…

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Imagine the scene in a charity clinic where a teenager was brought threatening suicide. Barbara, 17 years old, was crying out in her anguish, beating her clenched fists on the table and screaming, “I can’t live with a face like this, I am better off dead, dead.” She wailed and…

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When a German national child-abuse suspect was arrested and jailed in Butuan city, Mindanao earlier this year, police found incriminating evidence in his laptop computer, of horrific photos of small Filipino boys as young as eight years old being sexually abused by the suspect. Photos showed the children being made…

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