For almost 40 years, the United States has had some of the strongest regulations in the world for managing waste storage and disposal, but people are still affected by and dealing with consequences of past actions. In the case of radioactive waste from nuclear weapons development and nuclear power plants, the problems are ongoing.
The visa program that allows foreign religious workers, including women religious, to apply for permanent residency in the United States will expire September 30 unless Congress acts to renew the program.
The United Nations shone a spotlight on the worldwide migrant and refugee crisis this week. U.N. leaders are calling the Sept. 19 summit and connected events — including a meeting of global leaders called by President Barack Obama — historic but also necessary given the record number of people moving because of wars, political unrest, economic challenges and climate change.
Since 2010 the Daughters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary had been taking care of children of local fish farmers in the Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai provinces, creating a dorm for them in a storage area of the convent. Raising fish on river farms requires long and odd hours in an environment that puts the kids at risk of mishap or drowning while parents are focused on the fish.
Sr. Magdalena Pascual is one of six Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer who does outreach work on La Línea, "The Line," Guatemala City's well-known, notorious red-light district. Seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, as many as 250 women or more ranging in age from their early 20s to mid-60s work as prostitutes on a barren, two-block stretch of grim row houses where a weed-covered train track divides the bleak street in half.
Loma Miranda is one of the most biodiverse mountains in the Dominican Republic and is known as a "green curtain" that collects humidity from the Caribbean clouds to provide 80 percent of the region's water. It acts as a natural barrier, protecting surrounding communities from cyclones and other natural disasters but is also rich in nickel ore and owned in part by a Canadian mining company. Locals want Loma Miranda to become a national park.
GSR Today - The Department of Justice announced in August it would stop using private contractors to house federal prisoners. Then the Department of Homeland Security announced it would examine its use of private contractors to hold detained immigrants. But don't think that private prisons are going away anytime soon.
Thousands marched on the International Day of Peace Sept. 21 to protest the extrajudicial killings under President Duterte and the 1972 establishment of martial law under the Marcos regime.
GSR Today: September 25 is IJM's Freedom Sunday, which will feature events across the nation on human trafficking. If you can plan things in a hurry, you can host an event yourself. The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking also hosts a Freedom Sunday on that date.
For Sr. Lizzy Chakkalakal, building houses for those who otherwise cannot afford them is her way of participating in the "ministry of redemption." The member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, a religious congregation for women started in India in the 19th century, finds time to engage in this social activism in her busy schedule as the principal of Our Lady's Convent Girls Higher Secondary School, which is managed by her congregation in Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, a southern Indian state.
Next month, about 200 people will convene at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco for the Digital Citizenship Summit. There, they and countless others joining via livestream will hear from media and tech experts on how emerging media can be used in ways that are "safe, savvy and ethical." One of the experts that attendees will hear from is Daughter of St. Paul Sr. Nancy Usselmann, the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies.
See for Yourself - Perhaps many of us have always wanted to be able to play a musical instrument. If we have two sturdy arms and two capable hands, we can look at an instrument, such as a violin or a flute or a trumpet, and ask ourselves, "What are we waiting for? What's holding us back?"
Eleven sisters make up the Migrant Project/Sicily, a program founded by the International Union Superiors General (UISG) in Rome to aid migrants in Sicily by developing one-on-one relationships with them and helping them assimilate to their new home. About half a year into their mission, the sisters , from eight countries and eight congregations, have witnessed first-hand the motivations and frustrations of people coming from Africa looking for a better life.
GSR Today - There is a lesser known component of Bangladesh's struggle for independence, the mass rape by Pakistani forces of its women, largely unacknowledged, as are the children who came after.
A significant majority of U.S. Americans believe Catholic women religious are trustworthy and that their work is important, but many also believe most wear habits, live in seclusion and that their work has little or no impact on non-Catholics, a new study shows.