Posts Tagged ‘Phillipines’

Sr Patricia Fox wants clarification on Bishops’ MOA with government

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Sister Patricia Fox’s request for an extension of her missionary visa was denied last week. She is now seeking clarification about the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) signed in June. In a press release about the denial of the extension, the BI stated that Read more

Sister Patricia Fox gets a temporary reprieve

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox has claimed a temporary victory over the Department of Justice (DoJ). It has agreed to extend her stay in the Philippines and review her appeal against an order from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to forfeit her visa. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has announced Fox now has until June 18 to leave the Read more

Sister Patricia Fox can stay as a tourist but not as a missionary

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Sister Patricia Fox’s renewable missionary visa, which was due to expire in September 2018, was cancelled on Monday. She has been labelled an “undesirable” foreigner for what the country’s Bureau of Immigration says is “her involvement in partisan political activities.” The 71-year-old Australian nun has 30 days to leave the Philippines. An immigration spokeswoman said Read more

Catholic Church and politics still mix

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Although the Catholic Church officially discourages clergy and religious from serving in public office, in many countries Catholic actors nevertheless play key roles in forging peace accords, guaranteeing access to safe water and other humanitarian aims, and lighting a fire under the international community to get involved. That activism builds on a grand history, from popes Read more