140 years of perpetual adoration are unbroken by fire, flood or war

The community that became the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration always wanted to practice perpetual adoration, but bishops were doubtful of their stamina. Today, the community in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is looking forward to marking a special anniversary on Aug. 1, as they continue to receive about 30,000 prayer requests per year. "It's like being a witness to someone's most vulnerable moments with God," said Sr. Susan Hennessey, the congregation's adoration coordinator.

"Each of us has busy days and a busy life, but that does not give us permission to disregard the sacredness of another who enters our world of deadlines. … If we continue to meet all the deadlines and miss the persons or experiences in our daily lives, we most certainly will encounter the 'dead-lines' that have no heartbeat or response to the life-giving mystery of God's people in our lives."

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Young women ask difficult questions to challenge church at recent Joan Chittister institute

GSR Today - Eight female-identifying Catholics in their 20s and 30s, all of them students or recent graduates of programs in theology or divinity, gathered June 17-30 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery for the inaugural Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality: A Feminist Benedictine Option, a two-week intensive course as part of an ongoing effort to support young female Catholic theologians, who are often shut out of the church. It was inspiring.

Q & A with Sr. Nora Valencia, caring for children with HIV and AIDS in Santiago, Chile

When Santa Clara Home opened in 1994, Chile still didn't have treatment for HIV infection. Infants and children brought to the orphanage in Santiago for children with HIV and AIDS came for death with dignity, said Sr. Nora Valencia of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Jesus, the director of Santa Clara Home.

Rich heritage: Black sisters, priests mark 50 years of shaping church

In April 1968, dozens of black priests met in Detroit in April in the first meeting of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. Mercy Sister Martin de Porres Grey, the only woman to attend, orgaized a similar meeting of black sisters in August later that year in Pittsburgh, marking the founding of the National Black Sisters' Conference. 

Seeking Refuge: Painful memories, new cultures confront resettled families

Rome - Two Syrian families have been easing their way into life in Italy at Casa della Speranza on quiet, shaded grounds owned by the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. Now in their second year at the house, the Syrians' time with the sisters has "been beautiful — like one family." But ahead is the next challenging step in resettlement: finding permanent housing and work.

• Also in this series: Controversy over migration continues to upend European politics

Simple action of carrying water in the desert prevents migrant deaths

In the Sonoran Desert northeast of Ajo, Arizona, temperatures can soar to mid-90s in late spring and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. This vast, arid landscape of mountain ranges, arroyos and valleys, typical throughout southern Arizona, is where undocumented migrants make a path to find better life in the United States. This is also where hundreds of unfortunate ones have taken their last breath. A number of volunteer groups regularly drop off food and water in various locations in the desert to mitigate this suffering. Recently, Global Sisters Report went on a water mission with Sr. Judy Bourg and the Tucson Samaritans.

Controversy over migration continues to upend European politics

Seeking Refuge - A new EU agreement calls for greater shared responsibility for rescuing migrants on the sea, but critics say it falls short on devising a common European policy. Meanwhile, Germany's Merkel tightens restrictions, and an Italian right-wing politician has said next year's European Parliament elections should be a referendum on migration.