The Barro Blanco dam: Despite years of fierce resistance, the dam on the Tabasará River has submerged indigenous homes, farms and sacred sites. To local communities and environmentalists, the hydroelectric project has become a symbol of everything wrong with Panama's model of development.
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GSR Today - Although I began my journalism career some 20 years ago, my toughest assignments came in the past year while covering the activities of some Catholic religious women for Global Sisters Report.
"Vatican II was a tremendous blessing. We were freed from the legislation of centuries, that a sister, no matter how old she was, was still treated as a little girl. The priests almost patted us on the head. Vatican II brought out the fact that we are adults and able to think on our own and act on our own."Read more
The Barro Blanco dam: Environmental defenders presented their case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in hopes it will put pressure on Panama's government to rectify the situation and stop the repression of environmental activism.
An energetic crowd of over 100 people celebrated National Catholic Sisters Week at an intergenerational seminar, "Race and Grace: Let's Talk About It," on March 12 at Mount Augustine in Richfield, Ohio. The event was one of over 150 held nationally March 8-14 to celebrate the contributions of Catholic sisters.
Notes from the Field - What does it mean to be a "Spirit-filled, Spirit-led people"? Our community had a midyear retreat March 3-5 in San Felipe, where the Good Shepherd Sisters established their first house in Chile over 160 years ago.
GSR Today - In a scenario that plays out across the globe, Sr. Kathleen Melia was attacked outside her convent — violence some suspect was related to Columban sister's work with the Subaanen people in their battle against large-scale mining.
Two decades after the Rwandan genocide, its child survivors are grown and making lives of their own, and the Abizeramariya Sisters who took them in are returning boisterous orphanages to their original purpose as homes for impoverished elderly people.
The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious publishes a Vocations Directory in paper, online and in an app — enlivened with photos to give "a feel for the community" to women deciding whether to make lifelong vows.
One religious order was founded in Vietnam expressly to appeal to and encorporate the cultural differences of ethnic minority people living in the country's central highlands. The Filles de la Médaille Miraculeuse Congregation has 150 members serving in 30 different locations in the Kon Tum Diocese, which has about 310,000 Catholics.
GSR Today - With the battle over banning Muslim immigration raging in the courts, in the halls of power and sometimes even in the streets, it’s a good time for a reminder of why refugees are risking everything to flee Syria.
GSR Today: At the recent Justice Conference of Women Religious, you could have bottled the energy among more than 150 avid seekers of justice and eliminated several coal-fired power plants.
In a conversation with Global Sisters Report, three women religious talked about their current work with seniors and the challenges of enculturation they experienced while ministering abroad.
Notes from the Field - For the past five years, I've lived in five different intentional communities, and I've begun to identify myself as a "serial community liver." Sisters live most of their lives in community with others, but for the average person, it might seem strange that I keep seeking out these situations.
Notre Dame Sr. Sudha Varghese has dedicated years to serving the Musahar, the lowest caste in India. She brought revolutionary changes among the Musahar through Nari Gunjan, an umbrella organization she launched in 1987 to coordinate multilayered activities such as education, advocacy and welfare services.
GSR Today - The Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious XVII was my sixth AMOR gathering. Each meeting gave me the opportunity to learn about the shifts in Southeast Asian and Pacific countries' politics, as well as women religious' responses to changes in societies.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - Praying with our whole selves is important for Catholics, especially at Mass, but what if you can't physically do something, such as kneel? This listener feels like she's getting "looks" for her inability to do it all.
GSR Today - Women, particularly Catholic women religious, bring special passion and zeal to the work of the United Nations. This will be apparent during this week's 61st meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, which runs through March 24 in New York.
Participants at AMOR XVII in Yangon, Myanmar, said they would carry with them the message of ecological conversion and an affirmation of the meeting's importance in strengthening the work of religious in the region.