Fr. Shay Cullen

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Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have been fleeing the attacks on their villages and the burning of their homes, crossing mountains and jungles in the rain on foot to escape the slaughter of their kind by the Myanmar armed forces. As many as 3,000 Rohingya people have been killed,…

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Ali is a seven-year old boy. He lies with his head bandaged, a needle stuck in his arm and he is breathing with great difficulty. He is close to death lying in a makeshift shelter that is an emergency field clinic in Yemen, where the last of the dextrose is…

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The apparent triumph of evil is what troubles so many in the world today. Reports of crime, bribery, wrongdoing, exploitation and frame-ups appear on almost every news bulletin. Evil reigns supreme when people in power abuse their position for their personal or family gain. In business, in politics, in the…

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The President is having a very successful campaign against suspected drug dealers and drug users. The killing of a 17-year-old Grade 11 student, Kian Loyd delos Santos, by police in an anti-drug operation was just one too many. The police claim that all the dead, including the boy, resisted arrest…

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It was a day of courage and resilience for Isabel, a 14-year old child who could not endure the pain and hurt and fear of sexual abuse by her grandfather any longer. Despite threats against her and her sister, she told her classmate what was happening in the house of…

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How could a child, aged eight, seriously sexually abuse a three-year old if he did not see such lewd acts being performed? Well, that is what happened in a town south of Cebu and it seems that the eight-year old boy had been allowed to surf the internet in a…

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The recent arrest of a Catholic parish priest, accused of trafficking a 13-year-old in Marikina City, is highly unusual. He was charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. Most cases of clerical child abuse go unreported or are covered up in the Philippines. In other countries, the scandal…

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It was a normal day in the life of 13-year-old Jeremiah as he was leaving the schoolyard in Angeles City. He saw his classmates running to get candies and chocolates being handed out by an overweight, cheerful, balding Caucasian man. He sat outside his house, which was close to the…

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It was the Preda hotline for reporting sexual abuse that saved four children from sexual and physical abuse. The message came from an anonymous reporter, who tipped that Geraldine, 13, was being sexually abused by her grandfather. A Preda Foundation social worker contacted her counterpart in the local government and…

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Sarah-Ann, 14, walked with two police officers and two social workers from the Preda Foundation through a town in Pampanga to a jeepney terminal. She is a determined, courageous young girl and she is out to get justice for the rape that she endured several times from her abuser, Rodolfo…

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