Catholic sisters among those embracing international efforts against human trafficking

A growing movement is recognizing the perils of human trafficking and its wide reach throughout the world. "Trafficking for exploitation robs people of dignity. It is modern-day slavery and evokes the Old Testament situation of Moses seeing the condition of the people in slavery in Egypt and wanting to rescue them."

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Sisters urge UN to remember grassroots work in pursuing development goals

Leaders of the United Nations say the global body's ambitious agenda to eliminate global poverty and other ills is off to a good start but are reiterating the need for common efforts involving governments, non-governmental groups, business and others — including religious bodies in which Catholic sisters play a prominent role.

Q & A with Sr. Suso Kottirikal, living with and serving people with Hansen's disease

Sr. Suso Kottirikal served as boarding school hostel warden for 16 years, but she quit more than two decades ago to work with people who have Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy, and their children. Unlike others who work with leprosy patients, the member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ chooses to live with them, sharing her room with two patients.

Not my calling

See for Yourself - "Do you really like this stuff?" I remarked to the person next to me at a national conference for medical devices as I pointed at the program. "Do I like it? No. I don't like it. I love it!" crowed the young process engineer.

Q & A with Sr. Dominga Zapata, reaching out to Hispanic Catholics through 'Encuentro'

In 1956, when she was 16 years old, Sr. Dominga Zapata followed her mother and brother to the United States from Lajas, Puerto Rico, which she described as a religious farm town. Now, the Helper of the Holy Ghost in Purgatory sister lives in Chicago, where she primarily leads retreats and runs leadership courses and is best known for her work in Hispanic ministry.

Recycling center in Brooklyn creates community while serving those in need

The only nonprofit redemption center in New York City, Sure We Can, is an economic lifeline for more than 400 canners. They can cash in what they've gathered — in small amounts or bulk — for the state-mandated 5 cents per piece, or they can earn a bit more by counting and sorting. The organization, co-founded in 2007 by Sr. Martinez de Luco and Eugene Gadsden, has become a community and has plans to acquire its own property and become economically sustainable.

Sisters nurse South Sudan's fragile peace as worry about ethnic conflict mounts

While South Sudan regains stability in the wake of recent violence, Catholic sisters serving as part of an interfaith coalition hope that efforts to improve conditions in the nation can be sustained. "[The church] is providing assistance to the displaced, schooling, and health programs through many institutions, many of them run by sisters. Sisters in South Sudan hold institutions and programs that take care directly of people, in education, health, women's empowerment, agriculture, peace building and trauma healing."

Growing number of associates partner with religious communities to quench spiritual thirst

The spiritual desire to work with like-minded people is part of the reason that more and more people in North America are hearing the call to become associates. A study released July 18 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows, that since 2000, the number of associates in the United States has grown nearly 40 percent, from nearly 25,500 to more than 35,000 today. What are the implications for religious life?

In Ethiopia, a little round house is the strongest medicine against women's labor complications

The maternal waiting area for expectant mothers at the Medical Mission Sisters' hospital in Attat has virtually wiped out obstetric fistula in the local area, but it's also taken a stable team of dedicated health professionals to make progress over 50 years of service. Clean water projects and health education have reduced other medical problems, too.