By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has appealed to the Bureau of Immigration to reconsider their order for Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox to leave the country.
“We sincerely make an appeal that the authorities may make a reconsideration of their order for Sr. Patricia Fox to leave the country,” CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said in a statement.
Without entering into the merits of both parties in the case, the prelate said they believe in the sincerity and dedication of Sr. Patricia to serve the Filipino people.
“We believe further that she is moved to serve our people by the love of Christ,” said Valles.
The CBCP head expressed hope that the nun will be given a chance to explain herself.
“With a hope for a reconsideration regarding the BI’s order after giving Sr. Patricia a chance to explain herself again, in a spirit of dialogue, could she be given a chance to stay and continue serving our people?” Valles said.
He said they continue to pray for the Lord’s enlightenment for all those who are involved in the case.
“In particular, we continue to pray for Sr. Patricia Fox – for her health and wellbeing,” said Valles.