Mining our mountain: People in Dominican Republic tell Canadian company 'no'

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.

"Change is something desirable, yet it becomes a source of anxiety when it causes harm to the world and to the quality of life of much of humanity."

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Q & A with Sr. Nancy Usselmann on what it means to be Catholic in the Internet Age

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.

Sisters provide safety for children of Vietnam's fish farmers

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.

Children born with HIV find love in sister-run orphanages in Guatemala, Honduras

In the neighboring Central American countries of Guatemala and Honduras, an estimated 3,000 children under the age of 14 are living with HIV. Two orphanages, Hogar Madre Anna Vitiello in Sumpango, Guatemala, and Hogar Casa Corazón de la Misericordia in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, offer shelter, educational support and a sense of belonging to up to 125 children at a time.

 

On the streets of Sicily, global sisters accompany African migrants

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.

Vietnamese sisters commit to housing hospital patients from remote areas

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul use part of their facility to offer accommodation to up to 30 patients and their relatives at a time in Ho Chi Mihn City. Most of the lodgers are from families with few resources or ethnic minority groups who live in remote areas. Dominican sisters in the neighboring province of Dong Nai run a charity clinic giving medical treatment to patients who can't make it to the city.