Catholic bishops in the Philippines have appealed to immigration officials to review the order for the expulsion of an Australian missionary nun who has supported poor communities in the country for more than two decades.
Sister Patricia Fox, 71 years old, nun with the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, was ordered to leave the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration revoked her mission visa for alleged protests.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Friday
The directive for Fox to leave the country within 30 days was issued on April 23 or a week after her detention for 24 hours by order of President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate their activities
"Without taking into account the merits of both parties in this case, the competent authorities must decide on it," said Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President
"But let's say: we believe the sincerity and devotion of Sr Patricia to serve our people, and we continue to believe that she is moved to serve our people through the love of Christ. "
The office said Fox was" involved in activities that according to the conditions of their visa are not allowed ", in particular at the participation protests