Sisters from indigenous groups see special meaning in Pope Francis' visit to Mexico

Feb. 15, Pope Francis visits Chiapas, Mexico, a state where one-fourth of the population is Protestant or evangelical. Catholic sisters there hope the pope's visit will inspire people and reverse the trend as Francis is expected to address issues of inequality, indigenous rights and migration. Click here to follow all of National Catholic Reporter's coverage of the pope's visit to Mexico.

"Every journey changes us. Even after we've returned to the familiar external landscapes of our lives, our interior landscapes have been reshaped and do not go neatly back to the way they were."

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Q & A with Sr. Pascale Le Thi Triu, promoting women's rights

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, internationally known for their work defending the rights of the poor, especially women and children in rural areas, started their services in Vietnam in 1928 and now have more than 600 nuns in service. Sr. Pascale Le Thi Triu is part of a bureau where lay professionals in the fields of social work, special education, health care, counseling, law, architecture, environment and finance offer to work with the sisters in more than 50 centers located mostly in remote and mountain regions.

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.

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.

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.

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.