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.
Monday Starter: "Building bridges with people, especially those most in need, is a call to be closer to those who need us and are waiting for us," outgoing president Sr. Jolanta Kafka said at the UISG assembly in Rome.
At the end of UISG plenary in Rome, sisters shared this pledge: "I commit myself to live vulnerable synodality through service as a leader, animating it within the community, together with the people of God."
Pope Francis told leaders of women religious congregations that synodality is a way to affirm the original intentions of the founders of religious congregations while meeting the needs of a rapidly changing world.
Speaking to leaders of women's congregations gathered in Rome, Jessie Rogers said if the faithful "hold on too tightly to how God acted in the past, they might overlook the new thing that God is doing in the present."