Fr. Shay Cullen

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Afew weeks ago, I visited yet again several child detention centers and police holding cells around Metro Manila with the Preda Foundation social workers. We found two small girls, 13 and 14 years of age behind bars looking out tearfully; and next to their cell was an adult male prisoner…

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The young women, allegedly victims of sexual abuse by government officials stationed at Philippine embassies in the Middle East, were being interviewed by Philippine media. They had their heads and faces completely covered with black cloth and wore dark glasses to hide from the public gaze and to avoid the…

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It’s all about power and fear. Several impoverished, abused cheated and beaten Filipino female workers taking shelter in Middle Eastern Philippine embassies have been allegedly sexually assaulted and prostituted by some corrupt and depraved embassy officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), according to Walden Bello, the sociologist-turned-congressman, in…

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Muff, Co. Donegal near Derry, Ireland – A gathering of returned missionaries at the I.O.S.A.S Center (Island of Saints and Scholars) recalled the long tradition of Irish missionaries leaving families and friends and going to foreign lands for life to bring the Gospel message of God’s love and to build…

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Dublin and Northern Ireland—The finding that environmental damage caused by coal plant operation, mining, and similar other activities is costing the global economy as much as $4.7 trillion a year comes as a shock. The report released last 15 April was commissioned by the Group of Eight economic powers and…

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A few weeks ago, I was in the mountain villages of Zambales talking to a group of small subsistence Aeta farmers, an indigenous people. The agriculturists from the Preda Fair Trade project were there to help them gather and weigh their wild mangos and Preda Fair Trade staff were ready…

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Rachelle, when she was just 13-years-old, suffered in silence and isolation. Like most children in the world, she turned into herself and at that young age, having being certified mentally challenged with a mental age of a 9 year-old, she felt totally helpless to change or prevent what adults more…

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