Chris Herlinger is international correspondent to Global Sisters Report and also writes on humanitarian and international issues for NCR. He has reported from South Sudan and Darfur, Sudan, as well as numerous other locales, including Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Kenya and Ethiopia and Liberia. He is the co-author, with Paul Jeffrey, of books on Haiti and Darfur, published by Seabury, and a third, on global hunger, published in 2015.
With the COVID-19 pandemic posing the potential to become the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, millions already faced the specter of starvation, say United Nations leaders, humanitarian officials and Catholic sisters.
Sr. Tesa Fitzgerald and her community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York, started a home for children of incarcerated mothers 40 years ago. Today, Hour Children provides prison visits for children, transitional housing, a food pantry, an infant nursery and, importantly, mentoring for prisoners' children and employment training for women who have left prison.
Two mothers who have been incarcerated and who are now staff members of a New York City-based provider of services to families affected by incarceration say Mother's Day is a real gift.
GSR Today - In an April 21 webinar, the Mercy sister emphasized that we must respect others' different reactions, that everyone is dealing with this unsettled moment in different ways and at different paces.