Lissy Maruthanakuzhy is a member of the worldwide Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul, founded in Italy by Blessed James Alberione in 1915, and is committed to proclaiming Christ through social communications. She directs a bookshop, Pauline Book & Media Centre, managed by her congregation at Panaji, capital of Goa, a western Indian state. For eight years she was the editor of Pauline Publications in Mumbai. She was a correspondent for South Asian Religious News and Union of Catholic Asian News before becoming a correspondent of Matters India. She also contributes to local periodicals.
Sacramental blackmail, clergy sexual abuse, clericalism and property disputes are among challenges facing Catholic sisters in India, according to an online panel organized by the Rome-based Voices of Faith.
As one of the Daughters of St Paul, June is a time of reflection on the life, mission and writings of St Paul, in preparation for his feast day June 29. At this moment of pandemic, I feel the call to change.
At Asha Sadan at Baina Beach near Vasco, the port town of India's Goa state, Holy Family of Nazareth Sr. Lourenca Marques helps children of sex workers and HIV-positive women train for a new life and future.
Holy Family of Nazareth Sr. Crina Cardozo walks miles to visit tribal people, their homes in hilly, forested areas of Goa, India, where she teaches academics to children and career-oriented courses for women and youth.