• July 22, 2010

    For people in the Philippines and elsewhere, Fairtrade is more than buying and selling products at fair prices, says Shay Cullen. It is working for the enhancement of human dignity, protecting vulnerable and exploited people. It is a matter of life and death.

  • July 1, 2010

    Church and human rights organisations have denounced the extrajudicial killings of Benjamin Bayles and Jovelito Agustin, both lay ministers of the Philippine Independent Church.

  • June 7, 2010

    President-elect Senator Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III has excited hopes of reform and political integrity in the Philippines, says Fr Shay Cullen. But internationally-sanctioned legal action is still to stamp out repression, human rights abuses and assassinations in the country.

  • April 7, 2010

    Catholic and Protestant church leaders in the Philippines have urged people to live out their faith beyond the sometimes extreme rituals and penitence of Lent and Holy Week.

  • March 2, 2010

    Catholic leaders in the Philippines have lambasted a government campaign that encourages condom use to help prevent HIV/AIDS, while a health official has blamed the church for thwarting its drive.

  • February 11, 2010

    The World Council of Churches has urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo "to ensure the immediate release" of Dr Alexis Montes and other 42 health workers detained by military and police forces on 6 February.

  • December 16, 2009

    A Filipino Mennonite pastor, concerned at how coffee processing corporations had long short-changed indigenous people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, has launched a Fair Trade initiative.

  • November 17, 2009

    A 79-year old Irish priest, who was released unharmed one month after being kidnapped in the Philippines by a militant group, says he wants to continue serving there.

  • October 22, 2009

    The formal democracy of the Philippines disguises a welter of corruption, human rights abuse and extrajudicial killings, says Shay Cullen. The world needs to recognise and respond to what is happening.

  • October 12, 2009

    Amidst concern among human rights groups for the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, an Irish priest has been kidnapped by a gang of armed men there.