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.
The global compacts are documents that are not legally binding but provide a framework for nations to work together. "Even just the idea of international cooperation on the issue of migration was a victory. Now, it needs to be institutionalized," says Sr. Marvie Misolas, representative of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns at the U.N.
"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."Read more
In a 10-page resolution released July 19, the Immigration Bureau found Sr. Patricia Fox "in violation of the limitations and conditions of her missionary visa" for reportedly joining partisan political activities.
Theodore Kiro held 13-month-old Navya on her return to his family after they were separated for a week. The crying baby happily clung to Kiro, whom she knows as her grandfather.
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.
See for Yourself - I learned that in China men must retire at age 60 and women must retire at age 55. This is mandatory. Because persons are living longer and being healthier, that gives many years between retirement and going to heaven.
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.
A federal ministry in India has ordered inspections of all child care homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Mother Teresa, after a lay employee reportedly confessed to selling babies for adoption, reported ucanews.com.
A group of 167 Catholics in India, including more than 80 sisters, have signed a letter urging that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun in 2014, be removed from pastoral duties.
Indian congregations run foster homes for children who live impoverished lives on the streets of Bengaluru and other areas. At the homes, children experience security and a supportive atmosphere. Sisters serve as surrogate parents for the children, building up their self-esteem and character.
The overwhelming majority of those pursuing vocations in Catholic religious life in the church were born into the faith. But a small, steady stream of men and women choose first to become Catholic and then, in what is perhaps an even larger leap of faith, choose religious life itself.
Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order.
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.
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ held a prayer service and reflection July 8 to mark the first anniversary of the opening of a chapel in a cornfield that symbolizes their opposition to the building of a natural gas pipeline on their property in Lancaster County.
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
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.
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.
European Union leaders and religious and academic leaders from around the world have criticized the Israeli government's decision to demolish a Jahalin Bedouin village of about 190 people and relocate its residents close to the al-Azaria Palestinian village, on the edge of a garbage dump.
GSR Today - Watching the news about immigrants and refugees on television and listening to it on the radio every day captures my imagination with images of suffering, but nothing compares to the virtual experience I had June 25.