Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Given Shelter by the Church...big news.....

Pope orders Maronite Catholic church to provide sanctuary

Hope glimmers for some 30,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) trapped in Lebanon as a result of the fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerillas.

Pope Benedict XVI has approved the request of House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., coursed through the Papal Nuncio in Manila, Cardinal Fedoni, for the bulk of the 30,000 OFWs to seek sanctuary in different monasteries of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon headed by Cardinal Butros Speir.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo called up De Venecia Saturday afternoon while he was having a reunion with members of his family here to relay the message that the Pope in Rome has accepted his (De Venecia's) request.

As a result, the Pope already directed his secretary of State, Cardinal Sodano, to contact Archbishop Speir, the head of the Lebanese Maronite Catholic Church, to provide sanctuary to the OFWs in his monasteries pending their final repatriation to the Philippines and solution to the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.