GSR Today - The four days the Leadership Conference of Women Religious spent in St. Louis included a discussion of how to abolish the death penalty, reflections on diversity and asking hard questions about racist pasts, and a fidget spinner. Here are some more snippets we couldn't include in our full coverage of the assembly.
Grace on the Margins - The young women and children who suffered at Ireland's Catholic institutions also deserve an act of contrition by the pope, hierarchy, clergy and women religious.
See for Yourself - Our China time was replete with things to see in several cities, but we still had time for a quick visit to souvenir shops.
GSR Today - The Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in between periods of war in Sudan. The diocesan congregation ministers to those in need through communities in Uganda and South Sudan. The threat of danger is a constant, but so is the sisters' faith in God.
See for Yourself - "What kind of tea do you drink?" The question, posed by a young lady presiding over a tea ceremony, was innocent enough.
See for Yourself - Religion is big in the United States. America was founded on religious freedom, among other ideals, and we only need to look up and down our city streets to find plentiful churches of any denomination one can think of.
Editorial: In our reporting for our special Seeking Refuge series, we found a new urgency and a new inspiration. The testimonies of refugees illustrate that we cannot look away from the challenge of migration; the work of religious sisters shows us that much is possible.
Sr. Joeyanna D'Souza is the first woman elected to leadership of Signis India, the Indian chapter of the World Catholic Association for Communication. D'Souza told GSR that her calling is to use new media for the Gospel. With years of such experience, she spoke to GSR about dealing with internet trolling and fake news.
See for Yourself - The line for the women's restroom started in the bathroom and snaked out the doorway and down the corridor, at least 15 people deep. The men's restroom had no line and no one waiting.
See for Yourself - I learned that in China men must retire at age 60 and women must retire at age 55. This is mandatory. Because persons are living longer and being healthier, that gives many years between retirement and going to heaven.
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