Not just facts and figures: Accounting is empowerment

Financial education to help sisters “manage the little resources they have” on road to self-sufficiency - As American and European donations to Catholic organizations decline, congregations in Africa are trying to come up with creative ways to maintain the programs that provide essential services in rural areas, often beyond the reach of the government services. One innovative approach is securing education so that sisters can take charge of their finances, to help congregations become financially self-sufficient.


"Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

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Nun's murderer says family's forgiveness gave him 'new life'

The man who served a prison term for the 1995 murder of a Franciscan Clarist nun said that the forgiveness shown to him by the slain nun's family has given him "new life."

Samandhar Singh told Catholic News Service that he experienced a "rebirth" during a 2002 visit by Sr. Selmy, the younger sister of slain Sr. Rani Maria Vattalil, while he was in prison.

Ebola and chocolate

Three Stats and a Map - Ebola is about more than just healthcare. As Melanie Lidman, Global Sisters Report’s Africa and Middle East correspondent, reported earlier this month, when an epidemic meets an already fragile social infrastructures, the reverberations are felt on multiple levels. One perhaps surprising example of this is the effect Ebola has had on the world’s chocolate industry.

Nuns produce traditional medicines for their livelihood and ministries

Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Vietnam prepare and sell traditional herbal remedies to support their community, but after their farmland was taken by the government for a new economic zone this year, they have to get their raw materials from other sources. The nuns plan to buy new land and build their houses near existing residential areas. “Our congregation’s mission is to live and do manual work among poor workers, to serve them.”