'The Bull' honoured
A MEXICAN priest, nicknamed the "bull" for his unstinting devotion to his flock, has been named an honorary citizen of Seoul in recognition of his 20 years of service to the poor and dying.
Fr Jose Sandoval Iniguez, 67, received the "certificate of honorary citizenship of Seoul" in late October as part of a citywide festival. The priest, who came originally from Guadelupe, said he was happy and grateful to receive the honour and said it would encourage him to devote himself "to further serve other people in need." But he told officials what he really wanted was real citizenship. "As a missionary, I want to continue my work in this country until I die," he said.
Visas for missionaries usually have to be renewed yearly, though missionaries who have lived in the country a long time may renew their visa biennially.
Fr Sandoval has established schools and worked in a hospice for the dying, while also serving in his Seoul parish. Caritas Sr Juliana Lee, who worked alongside the priest at a hospital in Kwangiu archdiocese described him as "a man of integrity and devotion". "He works so hard that people nicknamed him `bull'," she said. "Most of all, he loves the patients more than anyone else."
Cleric steps into lottery fray
A FILIPINO archbishop claims his life is in danger after malting known his public opposition to an illegal lottery.
Archbishop Oscar Cruz is convinced that local government officials are threatening him in the province of Panfasinan.
Archbishop Cruz formed the "crusade against jueteng" in his archdiocese and has been monitoring and exposing the illegal crime.
"Fighting jueteng, the jueteng lords and their protectors, plus their payoff recipients, are all up in arms. Their target: everybody and everything that gets in their evil way. When evil is fought, it fights back. This is the lesson learned by all those who fight what is immoral and corrupt", he said.
Bishop survives plane horror
A CATHOLIC bishop was among the survivors of a plane crash in the Philippines that killed 18 people.
Bishop Jose Salazar of Batanes and the Babuyanes Islands was on the flight, which crashed into Manila Bay in the early hours of November 11. The bishop was returning to his See in the northernmost tip of the country, just south of Taiwan.
Bishop Salazar, 65, was said to be in a serious condition in the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Manila.
At least four children were among the dead. The Filipino bishops' conference offered "fervent prayers for those who lost their lives" and those "still fighting for their lives".
Survivors reported seeing smoke on the plane's left side before the crash.