‘AL­LOW CHURCH PEO­PLE TO CON­TINUE MIS­SION­ARY WORK’

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LETTERS -

We, Sis­ters of Notre Dame de Sion, are very deeply dis­turbed by the news that one of our sis­ters, Sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Fox, NDS, was de­tained by the Bureau of Immigration of the Philip­pines for her work and sol­i­dar­ity with the poor in the coun­try.

Sis­ter Pat was as­signed by the con­gre­ga­tion to do mis­sion in the Philip­pines in 1990. Fol­low­ing the man­date of the Church mis­sion of pro­claim­ing the good news to the poor, she has since given her life as a re­li­gious to the ser­vice of the poor and those in need at the pe­riph­eries of so­ci­ety.

Pope Francis has al­ways re­it­er­ated this mis­sion of the Church: to feed the hun­gry, give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick and the pris­on­ers, and care for the en­vi­ron­ment, with mercy and com­pas­sion, for jus­tice and peace. Sis­ter Pat has most obe­di­ently lived her mis­sion­ary call­ing. That is why she is seen among the poor, in fact-find­ing and mercy mis­sions among the in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion and in eco­log­i­cally im­pov­er­ished ar­eas, among the sick and pris­on­ers.

By virtue of her re­li­gious vows as an im­per­a­tive of her Chris­tian faith, Sis­ter Pat has the right to pro­mote this Chris­tian re­sponse to the needs of the peo­ple in the Philip­pines re­gard­less of faith dif­fer­ences, po­lit­i­cal be­liefs and so­cial sta­tus.

We, Sis­ters of Notre Dame de Sion, sup­port Sis­ter Pat and her mis­sion­ary pres­ence in the Philip­pine Church and so­ci­ety.

We ask the Philip­pine government to al­low Sis­ter Pat and other fel­low Church peo­ple to con­tinue their mis­sion­ary work in the Philip­pines by re­spect­ing and up­hold­ing Church peo­ple’s rights and re­spond by be­ing present among the poor, the sick and the pris­on­ers.

SIS­TER MARY BABIC, NDS, su­pe­rior gen­eral, Notre Dame de Sion, Rome

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