Fr. Shay Cullen

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“My Family’s Slave” is a personal story written by the late Alex Tizon, who grew up in America where he and his family migrated. He left behind a moving and conscience-searing true story about his “yaya” or family’s “katulong,” the woman who cared for him and worked her whole life…

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If you were in Metro Manila and went to visit a Bahay Pag-asa or “House of Hope” where children as young as seven are incarcerated along with youth up to 17 years of age, you will see that the majority of 12-year-olds look like 8-year-olds. This is because one in…

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It was by doing the right thing and alerting the police that a person with knowledge and commitment to defending children’s rights saved a 13-year-old child from possible rape and sexual abuse. The concerned person saw a 69-year-old foreign male bring a small child into a motel in Cagayan de…

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Philippine child defenders are calling on US law enforcers within the Homeland Security network to investigate Lillian May Thomson. She is a woman from Scotland, who married a United States national and has an American passport with the name Lillian May Zimmer, 67, born 21 May 1949. She is a…

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They were only fourteen years old, seized with the urge to know and experience everything. They fell for the bait of the trafficker. He gave them money and gifts, and one by one he had them join a “fraternity,” a group of girls whom he abused in his house. He…

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This is a week for Christians to review their lives and ask if they practice the values they say they live by. There are of course hundreds of thousands of good, dedicated and committed Catholics who are also great Christians. They are involved in the parish justice and peace, in…

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The children of Khan Sheikhoun were the first to suffer as the suspected nerve gas sarin, a fast-killing agent, damaged their lungs and caused racking pain. As they tried to breath, they started to foam at the mouth. Twenty died horrible deaths at the last count, there may be more.…

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Thousands of Filipino children and hundreds of thousands of others worldwide are sexually traumatized and abused through cyber-sex. This is the most obnoxious crime against helpless, vulnerable children. Filipino kids as young as five or six years are abused for the satisfaction of men who pay to see the children…

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When she was 11 years old, Jazell was forced to live alone with an older man almost forty years of age. She was treated like a “wife,” living in the house with him, cooking, cleaning and constantly being sexually abused. She became pregnant at 14 and had a baby. Her…

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Women are the greatest survivors, the most resilient and the most abused. The abuse starts in childhood and they carry it all their lives. Angel,13, still very much a child, needs attention, care, protection, therapy, education and love of a family. She was in the play therapy room of the…

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