First Person - There has never been a question about whether Mother Teresa would become a saint. On Sept. 4, Pope Francis will make Mother Teresa a saint at a ceremony at the Vatican. Hundreds of thousands from all corners of the world are expected to attend.
GSR Today - History's judgment can be harsh. So how will future generations look back on us and what we did — or, more to the point, didn't do — for the millions of refugees from Syria?
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Sr. Paula Merrill, a member of the congregation since 1979, was found murdered Aug. 25 along with Sr. Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, in the home they shared in Durant, Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced late Aug. 26 that Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, had been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths.
They came from all around to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity who will be become a saint Sept. 4.
See for Yourself - A rainy, soggy Saturday morning couldn't dampen the spirits of energetic booth workers at an outdoor health fair. Several colorful tents dotted the plaza, providing some shelter over the workers and their mountains of informational brochures and give-away items piled on tables inside the small canopies.
Last year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis decided to revamp the way it does vocation and formation, moving from a single vocations director to a team made up of the last four women to join the congregation. That team includes Sr. Amy Hereford, the woman who wrote the book on the future of religious life — or at least one of them.
GSR Today - In the 1750s when Nano Nagle founded the first of her seven schools in Ireland, the shape of a school was a thatched cottage. It was a school that opened its doors in secret as running a school was a risky business for Catholics. The law forbade it and to be detected was to put oneself in danger of arrest or deportation.
GSR Today - I used to hate sharing my food. However, I loved when people would share their food with me. It seemed like such a gift for someone to share something delicious, and it was a gift I rarely declined. Why aren't they keeping it for themselves? I wondered.
Two Austrian Catholic nuns who spent more than 40 years working with people with Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy, on the South Korean island of Sorok have been awarded the prestigious Korean Manhae Award for Social Work and recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Sr. Margaret Farrell, a Religious Sister of Charity from Ireland who was sent to California as a novice in the late 1980s to serve in Los Angeles' juvenile halls and who has been the spiritual director of Covenant House California since 2001, finds that even today, there are Los Angeles natives who are oblivious to Skid Row's existence.
Photo essay - Along the banks of the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, a small dairy farm is couched in the compound of the motherhouse of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Thu Thiem. The convent dates back 176 years. For the last 26, Sr. Martha Nguyen Thi Quan has been the chief operator of the farm.
Two top bodies of the Catholic church in India are now busy finalizing a policy to address sex abuse and other forms of abuse by clergy. "A draft policy is in the final stage now. It has been circulated among all bishops and major superiors in India," says Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.
GSR Today - Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo stating that The U.S. Department of Justice would phase out using private contractors to run federal prisons.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame sponsored Judith Odero, now 34, to get a high school education when her family could afford to educate only their sons. Now, she's giving back with her own school. This is the story of how one scholarship beneficiary created a ripple effect reaching far beyond what the sisters could have imagined.