FR. SHAY CULLEN, SSC

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Fr. Shay Cullen Food, glorious food-our lives are dominated by the desire and need to eat and the agricultural industry provides food for the billions of people on the planet. However some people eat too much food, over 1.5 billion and others have too little food, about 925 million people…

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Fr. Shay Cullen The story of the rescue of Rosemary is heartening and encouraging. When we read about such stories of young children like that of Rosemary being helped and rescued from the clutches of depraved people who are arrested, we rejoice. But we may not know that hundreds of…

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Fr. Shay Cullen Immediately after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon ever to hit land on November 8 this year I wrote an article titled “The Lost Orphans of Yolanda” on November 12 in the knowledge that the children without parents are the most vulnerable to abuse, abduction, malnutrition and…

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Fr. Shay Cullen When I was growing up, Christmas was a lovely childhood story of the baby Jesus born in a clean looking stable surrounded by his loving parents in clean robes, singing angels, adoring shepherds, kings holding gifts and harmless adoring animals. Yet in reality, it was a hard,…

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Fr. Shay Cullen What made Nelson Mandela the most famous and revered leader worldwide, and perhaps the most respected leader in history was his unshakable commitment to human rights and dignity. He inspired his nation as a political prisoner for 27 years under the apartheid white minority regime of South…

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Fr. Shay Cullen Reggie is the human face of poverty in the Philippines. He and his family lived on the edge of total poverty until typhoon Haiyan pushed him and his family into absolute poverty this November 2013. He is a 17-year-old jobless youth whose home was taken away by…

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Fr. Shay Cullen The pictures of the hungry children holding up placards with the single word “Food” and another that cried out “Help,” these among many others were heart-wrenching cries of hundreds of thousands of poor people whose lives, homes, and families were wrecked by the devastating, all powerful storm…

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Fr. Shay Cullen I flew into Cebu City, a one hour flight from Manila and drove with two Preda staff starting 3 a.m. to visit the northern towns of Cebu Island on Tuesday, 19 November. The goal was to reach Daanbantayan, Bogo, and Bantayan Island to assess the storm damage,…

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Fr. Shay Cullen Besides the thousands that have been killed, injured, and made homeless by the most devastating typhoon known to humankind, the orphaned children are the most vulnerable. Their towns and villages and homes are no more and their parents are dead. They are threatened by malnutrition, kidnapping, and…

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Fr. Shay Cullen She was only 14-years-old when brought from a distant town, and she was lured into a relationship with a middle-aged American and became his live-in sex partner. He called her “Chocolate.” A racist term. In a conversation with reporters from ABC Television New York, using a hidden…

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