On the front lines of mining protests with the Maya

In the last decade, a worldwide boom in mining has ravaged delicate regions of developing countries like Guatemala. Governments give concessions for the extraction of raw materials to foreign companies, especially from Canada, the United States and China, without consulting local residents, ignoring the threat to wildlife and even to water. Good market prices and new technologies are encouraging extraction in areas once considered marginal. Sr. Dani Brought, a Sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, stands with the people here who are part of a growing world-wide movement of resistance against outside exploitation.

"It is possible to learn from creation how to communicate, coordinate and celebrate the truth we see within and around us."

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Q & A with Sr. Gabriella Bottani

The stats and facts of modern-day human trafficking are shocking. Human trafficking facilitates sexual exploitation, forced labor, domestic servitude; it leads to organ removal and forced marriage. It represents, says Comboni Missionary Sr. Gabriella Bottani, a new form of slavery. Bottani was appointed in January as the new coordinator of Talitha Kum, a Rome-based international network of religious sisters working to end human trafficking.

Sister of Loreto replaces centuries-old tradition with something new

When Nuns Rule - “What would you do, Jo?” was one of the refrains Sr. Ephigenia Gachiri kept using as she described to me how she came to find herself on the frontlines fighting against the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya. In this instance she wanted to know what I would do if I were confronted, face-to-face, with the mutilation of a young woman half my age.

Connecting mouse clicks to dollars helps sisters expand reach

The Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK) is a pilot project for a revolutionary program that will connect sisters in Africa directly with donors around the world. Sr. Agnes Wamuyu Ngure, an Elizabethan Sister who is the executive secretary of AOSK, stressed that the biggest benefit in working with Global Impact will be towards improving the sustainability of their programming.

Blind students among thousands protesting rape of elderly nun in India

Students at a Hindu-run school for the blind joined a nationwide outcry over the gang rape of a 74-year-old Catholic nun. The show of solidarity by the students was part of a series of demonstrations throughout India calling on authorities to hasten their investigation and charge the 10 suspects being detained in connection with incident.

United in action and prayer: Las Hermanas helped create new way of being 'church'

Starting in the early 1970s, an organization founded by two women religious worked to increase educational and leadership opportunities for Latinas, advocated for more Latino bishops and fought for the right to work with Hispanics. Las Hermanas also played a pivotal role in the foundation of the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio. “They not only mobilized women religious; they partnered with women in general, with Mexican-American Latina women who were on the front lines of social change in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s,” said Arturo Chávez, the college's president. “They were also important voices for change in the educational systems that they were a part of.”