Vietnam sisters struggle to bring 'stray sheep' back to the faith in Mekong Delta region

It is common for Catholics in parts of Vietnam to marry outside the church and suspend practicing their faith, sometimes for decades, when they live in poverty, far away from a church and can travel only by boat in canals. Others stopped practicing faith because of concerns with priests, nuns or lay Catholics. Some abandoned the Catholic faith to join the Communist Party to gain jobs.

"I left my family to be a sister, but I have family in the world. That's why I joined this congregation, to serve the vulnerable people. To be a sister, mother and daughter to all people."

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Haiti's fragility of infrastructure, strength of people remain one year after Hurricane Matthew

This month, and probably for every October for the rest of her life, Haitian Sr. Evelyn Moliney will remember a time she would rather forget. A year ago, Hurricane Matthew bore down on southwestern Haiti, threatening a large swath of coastal area, including the city and surrounding areas of Jérémie, the capital city of the department, or province, of Grand'Anse. 

Handing the pen to sisters: Uganda

Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. We are also a platform for sisters to find their own voice. "I don't know how to write!" the sisters usually say when they hear about GSR for the first time and we encourage them to write for us. But that's no excuse. For the eighth time, GSR is handing the pen to African sisters, proving that every person is a writer, and every person has a story to tell.

Q & A with Sr. Brittany Harrison, a 'habited hipster,' on connecting with young people

Sr. Brittany Harrison, a Salesian Sister of St. John Bosco, is a regular contributor to Relevant Radio's "Morning Air" show, where she discusses youth culture, social media and Salesian spirituality. She spoke with GSR about internet evangelism and how women religious can connect with young people.

Development, human rights, environment -- 'water is at the heart of all of it'

Wielding their power as shareholders to challenge corporations, women religious are teaming up with each other and with other faith groups to ensure companies are water-conscious in their corporate practices. "If one person is speaking to a company, that's one thing. ... When you come to the company, and you have 15 shareholders who are concerned about the issue, it makes a difference.

 

Puerto Rico: Information, water, electricity scarce

Aid has been pouring in to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria ravaged the island Sept. 20, but the U.S. territory still faces a massive rebuilding challenge in addition to the immediate needs for water and food. As for women religious in Puerto Rico, little information has been coming out about how they fared in the storm and how they have been in the weeks since.

Ethnic minorities in South Sudan's camps face insecurity in warring nation

South Sudan's future is bound up with fear, something on vivid and visceral display at the large United Nations camps outside of the capital of Juba. At the Protection of Civilians, or POC, Camp #3, nearly 40,000 people are congested into an area that is only a quarter-square mile. As people violently uprooted from their homes, they are trapped, afraid to leave the compound.

Women religious answer the call for the midwife globally

It's National Midwifery Week in the United States, but for many international health organizations, midwives are the answer to the world's continuing maternal health crises. Since 2008, the U.N. has been actively trying to increase the number of midwives worldwide, believing they have the ability, not only to prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but also to provide the overwhelming majority of reproductive and maternal health services. And Catholic sisters are heeding the call.