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.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - What are some ways that nuns use social media to help people? Can a tweet offer "something to hang on to?" In this Random Nun Clip, we talk with Benedictine Sr. Christine Ereiser, the "Twittering Nun," about providing meaningful content in 140 characters or less.
"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."Read more
For the first time, Georgetown University's Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) conducted a study on men and women who have just entered religious institutes.
Eight more families of asylum-seekers were released from federal detention after they were rounded up in a federal deportation effort last month, bringing the total to 33 people in 12 families who have been released so far.
GSR Today - National Catholic Reporter online has launched a new feature, about books that have changed people's lives. The second one, this week, is an essay from Sr. Sandra Schneiders about Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning.
See for Yourself - Recently a friend told me about the death of a classmate who was living four states away. I was shocked to hear of the death, so the friend sent me to the e-obituary on a newspaper's website.
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 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.
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.
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.
Notes from the Field - The next few weeks will be an important time for my husband and I as we discern what our relationship to Big Laurel Learning Center will be six months from now.
GSR Today - Today, Feb. 8, is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, and it's no coincidence that it is also the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita: The date was chosen at the request of women religious to highlight her life.
GSR Today - Agriculture is one way sisters support their projects across the world, by saving money for their own food as well as acting as agricultural role models for the rest of the community. This post includes a special slide show of the beautiful Tanzania maize harvest that you can share on social media.
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.