Church needs more open dialogue, LCWR leader says

Having experienced six years of a Vatican investigation that shrouded the work of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sr. Carol Zinn, the organization's past president, called for more open, honest and heartfelt dialogue across the divides within the church.

Canadian Jesuit favors oxen over tractors in helping Zambian farmers

Nineteenth-century missionaries arrived in Africa with a Bible in one hand and a plough in the other. Jesuit Br. Paul Desmarais still has a Bible, but he's given up on the plough. For 40 years, Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the past 20 years he has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it's applied in Africa.