Catholic bishops’ group offers aid to Aussie nun

MANILA The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is ready to provide any assistance to Catholic missionary Sister Patricia Fox of the Notre Dame de Sion (NDS) congregation.

The CBCP would like to assure Sister Patricia Fox and her community that the CBCP is willing to extend any assistance and support we are able to give her and her community with regards to the situation, said CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles in a statement issued on Thursday.

We will continue to pray for her, as I am sure, we did as soon as we heard of the news, he added.

The Davao Archbishop also expressed concern on what happened to the Australian nun.

The CBCP is very much concerned with what happened recently to a Catholic missionary sister, Sr. Patricia Fox that she was taken into custody and detained by the Bureau of Immigration. She is now released. I have requested our Secretary General of the CBCP to get more information from the Sister's community in Quezon City, from the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines and from the Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations Between Bishops and Religious. All of the information I now have about the incident is from the newspapers, he said.

I presume and hope she was treated well, that there was nothing irregular about the procedure done in her detention, and that her rights under our laws are respected, the Catholic prelate added.

On Monday, immigration agents arrested Fox at her house in Quezon City for being an undesirable alien.

She was released on Tuesday after it was established that she holds a valid missionary visa and she is a documented alien. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency