CBCP Statement on Sr. Patricia Fox’s keeping of missionary visa by DOJ
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We sincerely appreciate the decision of our government authorities to keep the missionary visa of Sister Patricia Fox. We consider this a decision that comes across as wise, very understanding and kind to the 71-year old Australian nun of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, who for 28 years worked in the Philippines among the poor and marginalized.
In particular we convey our appreciation and gratitude to the officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who ordered that until the Bureau of Immigration rules on the pending deportation case or until her visa expires, Sister Pat may continue to do her ministry as a missionary in the country.
Thanks be to God!
From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
+ROMULO G. VALLES, D.D.
Archbishop of Davao
June 19, 2018