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Prayers sought for hospitalized missionary Fr. Paul Uwemedimo

Prayers sought for hospitalized missionary Fr. Paul Uwemedimo

Photo from Fr. Paul Uwemedimo’s Facebook page.

By CBCP News

January 14, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Prayers were sought for Fr. Paul Uwemedimo, a British missionary who spent most of his life serving the poor in one of the impoverished neighborhoods in Manila and was admitted to the hospital on Monday, Jan. 10.

He is at the critical care unit (CCU) of the Philippine Heart Center after suffering a massive pulmonary embolism — bilateral lungs, which means he has multiple blood clots in both his lungs.

The priest from the Missionaries of God’s Love congregation is currently undergoing thrombolytics to break up blood clots and restore blood flow.

His friends and supporters have launched an online #PrayForFatherPaul campaign for his fast recovery and complete healing.

Fr. Paul founded Puso ng Ama (PNA) Foundation to serve the poor in Quezon City’s Payatas district, providing them not just with food and livelihood, but also education.

As priest, he made himself available to anyone who needs to receive the Sacraments, prayers for healing, and a listening ear.

Fr. Paul’s calling to serve Manila’s poor started when he attended the World Youth Day in Manila in 1995.

He eventually returned and established a ministry in Payatas, which used to be the dumpsite of Metro Manila’s garbage.

“He has endeared himself to the people of Payatas through a ministry of presence, bringing with his presence, not only his love and care but that of our Father in Heaven as well,” said his confrere Fr. Steve Tynan.

“It is to his ministry of making his love and care for people, regardless of their background, that has provided what we experience now in so many people joining together in prayer for his healing and return to full health,” he said.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Paul and his foundation regularly provided food assistance to more than 13,000 families.

In a video message from his hospital bed on Thursday, the priest said he was “overwhelmed” by the love and care shown to him by so many people.

“What can I say but thank you to everyone and to God. Please continue to pray for me,” Fr. Paul said.

Visit Fr. Paul’s Facebook page to know more details about his condition, and how you can help him.

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