An interfaith retreat center run by the Immaculate Heart Community is among the estimated 1,000 structures either destroyed or damaged last week by mudslides in Southern California that also killed at least 20 people. The center's original stone house was untouched, however.
In response to Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si', Carmelite Sr. Jane Remson initiated and helped create a 252-page curriculum designed to teach the encyclical to ninth- to 12th-graders and "lead young people to think critically and protect the Earth."
Facing the realities of the extractive industries' push against pristine public lands and recent actions by the Trump administration to reduce the size of two national monuments that are significant to Native Americans, spiritual leaders believe in miracles and prayer.
Sacred Heart of Mary Sr. Veronica Brand attended the second week of COP23, the U.N. climate change conference, through a collaboration with the Maryknoll Sisters. The November meeting in Bonn, Germany, featured "the strong and vibrant voice of women leaders from all geographical regions and backgrounds," she said.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious called the withdrawal a "misguided decision" that is " yet another example of the president's attempts to wall off this nation and subvert its values."
Mohican, a rare red timber wolf, pawed the ground and panted with what appeared to be a smile, sizing up the group as he walked around us. I thought of St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's book Ask the Beasts as Mohican rested among new friends.
Women religious congregations in Vietnam are giving emergency aid to those affected by deadly hurricanes and floods in the country's northern and central provinces, responding to a call by the nation's bishops. Two tropical storms, along with landslides and floods caused by driving rain, have severely damaged 14 provinces in the region since August, leaving thousands of people homeless and destroying agriculture in the region.
Downs & West Community Support is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Community Care Australia. It began through the vision and initiative of Charity Sr. Christine Henry. As a woman from the countryside of Queensland, she recognized the need to support farmers struggling to survive the extremes of climate change, which were taking a toll on their livelihoods and families.
The U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Nov. 6 a temporary stop to construction of the fossil fuel pipeline being built, in part, on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
The sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame didn't want to give up the same coffee they had been drinking for decades. But paying a fair wage to the poor farmers who grew the coffee beans was something they could get behind — one of 12 actions they're undertaking to lessen their environmental footprint.
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