13 October 2009

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, on kidnapping of Fr Michael Sinnott

Today's Philippine Daily Inquirer carries an article, Father Mick: a fighter for victims of injustice, by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo on the kidnapping of Fr Michael Sinnott last Sunday night in Pagadian City. Ms Doyo is one of the finest journalists in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the Church and its mission.

The article among other things, highlights Father Sinnott's love for children:

Eleven years ago, he set up Hangop Kabataan Foundation and a small school that attends to special children, including the blind, deaf and mute, colleagues said.

The school is about half a kilometer from the Columban house in Pagadian City, where Sinnott was seized.

After his heart surgery and needing to reduce his workload, Sinnott devoted his time to his charitable project.

“He considers the life of the children as more valuable than his own,” said fellow Columban missionary Fr. Sean Martin.

“Father Sinnott is very well-loved here,” Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co said. “He takes care of children, whether Christians or Muslims, especially those who are in need of attention due to physical disabilities.”

Full article here.

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