Sisters nurse South Sudan's fragile peace as worry about ethnic conflict mounts

While South Sudan regains stability in the wake of recent violence, Catholic sisters serving as part of an interfaith coalition hope that efforts to improve conditions in the nation can be sustained. "[The church] is providing assistance to the displaced, schooling, and health programs through many institutions, many of them run by sisters. Sisters in South Sudan hold institutions and programs that take care directly of people, in education, health, women's empowerment, agriculture, peace building and trauma healing."

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Growing number of associates partner with religious communities to quench spiritual thirst

The spiritual desire to work with like-minded people is part of the reason that more and more people in North America are hearing the call to become associates. A study released July 18 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows, that since 2000, the number of associates in the United States has grown nearly 40 percent, from nearly 25,500 to more than 35,000 today. What are the implications for religious life?

Q & A with James Creedon, chronicling the life of an Irish missionary sister

James Creedon is an Irish journalist based in Paris, where he is media editor on France 24's English-language network. He recently completed a documentary film, "Thanks to your Noble Shadow," on the life of his cousin, Sr. Paschal O'Sullivan. Born in 1912, O'Sullivan was the last Irish missionary nun to serve in Japan.

In Ethiopia, a little round house is the strongest medicine against women's labor complications

The maternal waiting area for expectant mothers at the Medical Mission Sisters' hospital in Attat has virtually wiped out obstetric fistula in the local area, but it's also taken a stable team of dedicated health professionals to make progress over 50 years of service. Clean water projects and health education have reduced other medical problems, too.