House of Charity in Mumbai provides family to those with disabilities

Mumbai, India - With the help of volunteers from Our Lady of Health Parish, Minor Carmelites of Charity sisters manage the Marian House of Charity, which serves 29 residents with mental and physical disabilities in the suburb of Versova. "Our children are abandoned by relatives who found it difficult to take care of them. We give them a home and treat them as part of our family."

Q & A with Sr. Jean Bellini, side by side with landless people in the heart of the Amazon region

Sr. Jean Bellini of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, has lived in Brazil since 1976. She is one of the three coordinators of the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission), a Catholic organization that supports peasants and landless people. She works in the state of Pará in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon basin.

Women and Earth are 'on receiving end of patriarchy' when it comes to profit

Would the world be a better place if women had more say about the global economy? It's a question posed regularly when sisters and representatives of nongovernmental organizations gather at the United Nations and discuss how best to tackle the challenges of global poverty and gender inequality, such as during the recent meetings of U.N.'s Commission for Social Development and Commission on the Status of Women.

'Their Calvary was lengthy': Pope's Stations recall those exploited

Recalling Jesus' death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children in the world. In the annual Way of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum April 19, the meditation for each station reflected the suffering and pain of people exploited and marginalized.

Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters draw from Vietnam roots as they serve in LA

The sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Los Angeles carry on the spirit of founder Bishop de la Motte, who began the congregation in Vietnam some 350 years ago. Today, their California ministries focus on helping the poor and suffering, especially women and children, and faith formation in areas that include some of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese and Hispanic populations in the U.S.

Q & A with Sr. Teresa Dagdag, caring for one Earth community

Maryknoll Sr. Teresa Dagdag has gained "insights into the life's struggles of working women who have to work long hours to make ends meet. Often, they are not able to continue with their schooling. These instances are too many all over the world. They demonstrate the systemic injustice of our socioeconomic experiences and developed in me a passion to work for justice, peace and integrity of creation, for well-being and wholeness of members of the one Earth community."

Casa Ursulina is grounded in friendship and solidarity among women

Chillán, Chile - Founded by Ursuline Sr. Mimi Ballard and seven Chilean women, Casa Ursulina today has roughly 200 participants and about 15 programs, including baking, embroidery, belly-dancing and visiting the sick. But the real help the women get is deeper than their acquired skills. Local psychologists and social workers prescribe joining Casa Ursulina to depressed patients, and women find mutual listening they otherwise lack in their homes.

UISG, LCWR leaders discuss clergy sex abuse, and the credibility of religious life

GSR recently held a discussion with Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of UISG; Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of UISG; Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president of the LCWR; and Sr. Carol Zinn, executive director of LCWR, about abuse of sisters, the role of women in the church, interreligious dialogue and work at the margins.