Albinism in Africa: Sisters, activists counter violence with education, protection

There is a prevalence of albinism in certain parts of Africa and people living there with the condition are at risk; they are shunned, they are attacked, and witchdoctors use their body parts for potions to bring wealth. In Tanzania sisters offer protection at residential schools and work with other activists who are trying to halt this practice with a simple message: People with albinism are just regular people.

"What does surrender look like amid the busyness of daily life?"

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Poet Wendell Berry bequests farm to Dominican Sisters of Peace college

Poet Wendall Berry, 81, is passing on his family's farming legacy to a new generation; he selected a small Catholic liberal arts college about an hour's drive from Louisville, run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, to continue the Berry Farming Program, which offers an interdisciplinary approach to agriculture, combining fieldwork with philosophy and studies in agricultural science and agribusiness with classes on literature, history and culture.

Black women: We are enough

GSR Today - We live in a society that has historically told and continues to tell black girls that they are not enough. So it takes a certain courage for black women to say, "No, we are beautiful, we are made in the image of God, and we are more than enough." It takes a certain courage to celebrate our blackness without apology and without caveat, and to insist that we are worthy of respect.

Q & A with Sr. Imelda Poole, networking with European religious against trafficking

Sr. Imelda Poole of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary is president of RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation). On Sunday, Feb. 7, Poole, 69, attended a prayer service in St. Paul's Cathedral in the Albanian capital Tirana, where she has been based for the past 10 years establishing her Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, which works in the field of trafficking.

Sisters' clinic sets model of treatment in Vietnam

For two decades, a Hue City clinic established by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Sisters has treated poor people for free, and the ministrations and dedication of its staff have earned it honor from the church for working compassionately and without compensation to serve people regardless of background. The clinic has even partnered with local Buddhists to provide holistic healing to people living with HIV/AIDS.

International sisters play important and growing role in US communities

The number of sisters from other countries who live in the United States is unknown, so Trinity Washington University and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate are conducting a study to try to count them and measure whether they have come for education or leadership training or to fill ministry roles as missionaries or at parishes — and what kind of support they receive or need.

 

Q & A with Sheri Shuster, exposing California sex trafficking

Four years ago, Sheri Shuster decided she wanted to raise awareness about sex trafficking in the United States — she just wasn't sure how. She bought a camera and a computer, thinking she might film a public service announcement, but instead ended creating up creating a full documentary. Shuster's debut film, "Still I Rise," tells the story of black sex trafficking victims in California.