A plea agreement spared Rodney Earl Sanders from the death penalty, which was opposed by both sisters' congregations and their families. Sr. Paula Merrill of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Sr. Margaret Held of the School Sisters of St. Francis were nurse practitioners ministering to the poor in rural Mississippi when they were stabbed to death in 2016.
Human Rights and Environment, a human rights organization co-founded by a Maryknoll sister has won the Letelier-Moffitt human rights award for its work with indigenous farmers high in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
It all started with a note pinned to the convent's bulletin board. "Urgent! Refugees arriving at SFO from Southeast Asia. Volunteers needed to assist at the International Terminal."
Our Lady of Sion Sr. Patricia Fox learned June 18 that the Philippine Department of Justice was upholding her missionary visa. The news came on what could have been her last day in the Philippines, after two months of uncertainty. Fox spoke with GSR the day after the decision.
Sr. Kathleen Warren of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota, spoke to Global Sisters Report about the Catholic roots of interreligious dialogue, different kinds of dialogue, and why that dialogue is so important in the face of rising Islamophobia.
As early as 1999, Sr. Luisa Derouen became the first woman religious to minister among transgender people. In this interview, she discusses changing attitudes about trans issues, Pope Francis' encounters with transgender Catholics and why she chose to no longer remain anonymous in her ministry.
A retired bishop laughingly feigned disbelief — "How can you be a nun and a lawyer?" It would be silly not to just enjoy the bishop's humorous welcome, and leave it at that. But he was onto something.
Running an eight-bed intensive care unit at a long-term acute care facility has its ups and downs, Sr. Magdalena Rybak says. But the 42-year-old Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth says it's all part of a calling that is alive and well more than 20 years after she entered religious life. She talked to Global Sisters Report about nursing, her life's passion.
Kochi, India - "I got my kidneys as a gift from God. As life is precious, I gave that as a gift to another person." With the help of the Kidney Federation of India, founded by Fr. Davis Chiramel, sisters in Kerala state, along with priests and one bishop, have donated a kidney, with recipients including relatives, fellow sisters, and strangers. It's path-breaking in a country where commercial kidney transplant is rampant.
Sr. Elenita Belardo, a the Religious of the Good Shepherd, is the current coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a broad alliance of lay and religious missionaries who journey in solidarity with peasants from northern, central and southern Philippine provinces in their quest for land justice and freedom.
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