(Photo courtesy of Diocese of Mati)

MANILA – The Diocese of Mati in Davao Oriental on Wednesday warned the faithful against an individual pretending to be a church servant and using the name of the Catholic Church or diocese in unscrupulous activities.

In a Facebook post, the diocese shared a photo of a woman dressed as a nun roaming around the city to ask for donations.

“WARNING | These photos are sent to us about an individual wearing a Catholic nun habit and is roaming around in the City of Mati asking for a donation for the supposed mission using the name of the Catholic Church,” it said.

The warning also included a photo of an envelope being distributed by the woman with the name of Mararca International Catholic Church and Maharlikan Apostolate Missionary (Congregation).

The Mati diocese also clarified that the woman and the congregation have nothing to do with the diocese and the Catholic Church as seen in the envelope she distributed for donation.

“Please be informed that this individual is not connected to the Diocese of Mati and to the Catholic Church,” it added.

The Catholic Church continues to remind the public to immediately contact the office of the parish or diocese involved if they receive questionable solicitation letters.

It added that the public should also be mindful of unscrupulous individuals or groups who use the name of the church, congregation, cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, and other church servants to deceive and solicit donations. (PNA)