12 October 2009

Statement by Bishop of Pagadian, Philippines, on kidnapping of Fr Michael Sinnott

Sto Niño Cathedral, Pagadian


The priests, religious and lay people of the Pagadian Diocese are deeply saddened by the forcible abduction last night of Fr. Mick Sinnott, a Columban priest who has worked for a long time in the diocese and is giving an invaluable service to the people, especially the children, through the Hangop Kabataan Foundation. (This is the school for children with learning disabilities and for deaf children that Fr Sinnott opened about 12 years ago).

As we urge the people to pray for his safety, we also appeal to his abductors to treat him with respect and release him soonest. Fr. Mick is not in the best of health and badly needs his daily dosage of medicine. Whatever medicine he may have with him may only be good for a day. It is urgent that some arrangements be made to ensure that Fr. Mick gets his medicine.

So, let me reiterate my appeal to the good sense of the abductors to respect and provide Fr. Mick with all his needs, especially medical needs. He is a man of peace. Please allow him to go back to his charitable work.

+ Emmanuel T. Cabajar, C.Ss.R. DD.
Bishop of Pagadian
October 12, 2009

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