For seven years, Sister Anita has worked with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, in the Diocese of San Jose. She offers them counsel, ministers to their most urgent needs, and supervises children in the primary school. She helps local women and organizes youth events and activities. “It is a joy and a blessing,” Sister Anita says of her work.
But the villages she serves are scattered and remote, tucked away in the mountains. The only available transportation is a public minibus called the Jeepney, which comes through the villages twice a week. And because it runs infrequently, it is always overpacked, not just with people but with sacks of goods and materials. Some passengers are forced to sit on the roof.
The Republic of the Philippines has a Christian population of about 90%, most of them Catholic. Through the years, the Church has had a prominent role in the life and development of the country. A country of immense wealth in natural resources, yet unfortunately is marked with severe social and economic differences.
There is a Muslim minority in the country, however it is concentrated in the Southern part of the archipelago in the regions of Mindanao, Palawan and Sulú. To know more about the work of the Church in the Philippines Jonas Soto interviews Fr. Gregory Gaston.