Philippine church says only seven denied visas
12 August 2005, MANILA - A Philippine Catholic Church commission said Friday only seven Filipino delegates to the World Youth Day in Germany were denied visas, contrary to reports that more than 300 encountered the problem.
12 August 2005
MANILA - A Philippine Catholic Church commission said Friday only seven Filipino delegates to the World Youth Day in Germany were denied visas, contrary to reports that more than 300 encountered the problem.
According to the Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the German Embassy in Manila originally denied visa applications of 50 delegates.
But upon appeals and representations made by the commission, the embassy reconsidered and granted visas to 43 delegates.
"We are happy about the small percentage of denied visas," a senior staff of the commission said. "This problem is not new. In the past, we had some delegates who were not granted visas by other host countries."
The commission noted that the seven applicants who were denied visas were found to be "belonging to the young professional" category and no longer falling under the youth class.
The Philippines is sending 322 delegates to the World Youth Day, including 63 priests and 10 nuns. The participants will be led by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales.
In the past, a number of Filipino delegates to the international youth conference, which is held every four years in different countries, have overstayed and opted not to return home, making them illegal migrants.
Subject: German news