Immigration advocates, Catholic sisters, hope Texas ruling is step to ending family detention

Days after a Texas judge ruled that a state agency cannot issue day-care licenses to two immigration detention centers, attorneys and advocates for asylum seekers acted to ensure the decision withstands challenges. Activists and volunteers are hopeful it signals a change in U.S. immigration policy and practice. The ruling is the latest in a series of salvos that have pitted the Texas Department of Family Protective Services and companies operating the detention centers against attorneys and advocates for detainees.

"To our people, land was everything: identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our nonhuman kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; it was a gift, not a commodity, so it could never be bought or sold."

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The secret

See for Yourself - Are you sleepy in the morning and don't feel like getting up? There's a secret to reversing that. Are you slated to attend a reception but hate that type of event? There's a secret to reversing that.

Store on busy road invigorates Nairobi women's peacemaking group

Two years ago, the women of the Ngando women's peacemaking group, an empowerment project in a slum of Nairobi, used to sit on a blanket and make their beaded handicrafts under the shade of a tree in the church courtyard. But with the arrival of a new store in a converted container, proudly advertising their wares along the busy Ngong Road, the group has blossomed. The peacemaking circle has doubled in size and implemented a thriving "table banking" system, providing temporary loans to up to five women per week.

Q & A with Srs. Catherine Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai and Mary Nguyen Thi Nguyet, bringing the spirit of poverty to others

"We live a simple life in poverty and in harmony with people," says Sr. Mary Nguyen Thi Nguyet, vice superior of the Carmelites of Sacred Heart congregation. "We try to develop close relationships with neighbors, do all kinds of manual work for a living like others, and bear witness to the good news. Many people call us farmer nuns and treat us like their relatives and friends."

US food justice, part one: Equal access to nutrition determined by economic policy

Global Sisters Report often focuses on work that sisters do to help those who are hungry or have food insecurity. This week, as the United States celebrates the feast of Thanksgiving, we focus on sisters who are active in food justice — trying to make sure that everyone not only has enough to eat but also access to healthy choices.

US food justice, part two: Sisters take action to increase access to nutrition

Global Sisters Report often focuses on work that sisters do to help those who are hungry or have food insecurity. This week, as the United States celebrates the feast of Thanksgiving, we focus on sisters who are active in food justice — trying to make sure that everyone not only has enough to eat but also access to healthy choices.
Read part one here: Equal access to nutrition determined by economic policy

Ontario sisters answer call, welcome Syrian refugees in Canada

Now known for its swift immigration response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Canada accepts more Syrian refugees than any other country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported that the country welcomed more than 33,000 Syrian refugees between November 4, 2015, and mid-October 2016. Catholics across Canada sprang to action to help the refugees, like Ursulines of Jesus in Chatham, and Jesuit-run parishes in St. John's, Halifax, Toronto, Guelph and Winnepeg.