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The death of a friend spurs Sr Patricia Fox onward in her campaign against oppression in the Philippines

THE brutal killing of another Filipino rights activist is fresh in the mind of Sr Patricia Fox – spurring the 73-year-old Australian nun to keep campaigning against oppression in the Philippines. Randall Echanis, 72, a peasant leader who chaired the left-wing Anakpawis party-list and was a peace consultant, was stabbed many times and shot in the head in his apartment ... Read More »

Two bombs detonated inside a southern Philippines cathedral condemned as ‘heinous’ and ‘evil’

EXPLOSIONS set off during a Mass inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the city of Jolo, south Philippines, have killed at least 20 people and injured 100 others. Ucanews.com reported the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the January 27 bombing. Apostolic administrator of Jolo Fr Romeo Saniel said those who perished “died for their Christian ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Missionary Sister released from detention calls Australians to support human rights causes in Philippines

Sr Patricia Fox

UPDATE: The Philippines Government has ordered Sr Patricia Fox to leave the mainly Catholic southeast Asian country within 30 days after immigration authorities revoked her missionary visa for joining protest rallies. The immigration bureau has demanded Sr Fox leave the Philippines after “she was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of ... Read More »

‘Tireless worker’ Australian nun Sr Patricia Fox released but facing possible deportation

Sr Pat Fox released

A 71-year-old Australian missionary nun has been released by Philippines authorities after a day in detention, but still faces possible deportation. Bureau of Immigration agents arrested Sr Patricia Fox, mother superior of the Our Lady of Sion congregation in the Philippines, on April 16 because she was deemed an “undesirable alien” for joining “political activities and anti-government demonstrations”. Sr Fox ... Read More »

Emergency room trip in Philippines prompts family’s Lenten fundraiser

Miguel Balagtas in the emergency room in the Philippines

A BRISBANE parishioner has launched a heartfelt Lenten appeal for a struggling hospital in the Philippines. Sherry Balagtas was shocked at hospital conditions when her 13-year-old son Miguel was admitted with food poisoning during a family holiday in Palawan province recently. She said the Coron District Hospital was poorly lacking in basic supplies and medicines. “We had to call the ... Read More »

Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

Destruction after Typhoon Tembin

CARITAS Australia has sent $50,000 to assist a region in the Philippines that was thrashed by a tropical cyclone just before Christmas. Typhoon Tembin, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Vinta, hit the Caraga municipality on the north-eastern section of the island of Mindanao on December 24, leaving at least 267 people dead. Staff and volunteers from Caritas’ international ... Read More »

Ingham students join Missionaries of the Poor in the Philippines

Ingham missionaries

INSTEAD of relaxing during the school holidays, a group of 13 students from Gilroy Santa Maria College, Ingham, and St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, accompanied by four adults, travelled to Naga City in the Philippines to work alongside the Missionaries of the Poor among “the poorest of the poor”.  Ingham District parish priest Fr Damian McGrath said “one of the major ... Read More »

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