Uganda has quietly absorbed a million South Sudanese refugees in the past few years. While challenges abound, the country's liberal policy toward refugees stems from its own recent tumultuous history.
• All the Seeking Refuge series stories can be found here.
A plea agreement spared Rodney Earl Sanders from the death penalty, which was opposed by both sisters' congregations and their families. Sr. Paula Merrill of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and Sr. Margaret Held of the School Sisters of St. Francis were nurse practitioners ministering to the poor in rural Mississippi when they were stabbed to death in 2016.
"It is part of my work to be in dangerous areas. I am happy to be here. I have a calling and a mission to be here. We believe the Gospel should be taught in everyday life no matter the circumstances."Read more
A girls' boarding school in northern Uganda is providing real-life lessons in adjustments for both South Sudanese refugees and native Ugandan students.
World Refugee Day - Who is an official refugee? What makes a migrant? United Nations' definitions govern policy and practice for member countries, and these particular definitions haven't been updated in recent decades. With so many people moved away from their homes — 68.5 million — countries are working on setting up new binding provisions. Negotiation meetings on two new compacts continue next month, with the hope to have them finalized and signed by year's end.
Immigration response: Sisters condemn family separation, say root causes of migration remain unchanged
Causing irreparable harm. Unconscionable. Immoral policies and practices. These are some of the words sisters levied against the Trump administration in light of current policies as they called for protection of the integrity of the family structure.
Human Rights and Environment, a human rights organization co-founded by a Maryknoll sister has won the Letelier-Moffitt human rights award for its work with indigenous farmers high in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
It all started with a note pinned to the convent's bulletin board. "Urgent! Refugees arriving at SFO from Southeast Asia. Volunteers needed to assist at the International Terminal."
Seeking Refuge - GSR is following the journeys refugees make: living in camps, seeking asylum, experiencing resettlement, and facing deportation to a country they may only vaguely remember or that may still be dangerous. Here are some of the faces you will meet in our Seeking Refuge series, tracing the path of refugees around the world.
Our Lady of Sion Sr. Patricia Fox learned June 18 that the Philippine Department of Justice was upholding her missionary visa. The news came on what could have been her last day in the Philippines, after two months of uncertainty. Fox spoke with GSR the day after the decision.
Numerous Catholic organizations are involved in the worldwide refugee and migration crisis, including the Vatican, congregations of women religious and local parishes. We have a list of links to some of the key organizations, along with the United Nations' and other statistics.
Sr. Kathleen Warren of the Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, Minnesota, spoke to Global Sisters Report about the Catholic roots of interreligious dialogue, different kinds of dialogue, and why that dialogue is so important in the face of rising Islamophobia.
Among the signers are 37 dioceses, close to 200 religious communities, more than 100 parishes, 61 Catholic universities, and more than a dozen Catholic health care organizations. "If we know creation is a gift for us to enjoy, to safeguard and to protect for future generations, climate change presents us with a moral crisis and a moral question," said Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Chicago - Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: "If you push back against something, you reinforce the very thing you're pushing against. You get stuck because you're both pushing."
A woman's religious order and a group of women of all faiths are taking a stance against the Trump administration's policy of separating families by taking children into custody and sending parents to detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kochi, India - "I got my kidneys as a gift from God. As life is precious, I gave that as a gift to another person." With the help of the Kidney Federation of India, founded by Fr. Davis Chiramel, sisters in Kerala state, along with priests and one bishop, have donated a kidney, with recipients including relatives, fellow sisters, and strangers. It's path-breaking in a country where commercial kidney transplant is rampant.
A new report finds that human traffickers who prey on guest workers in the US are relying heavily on gaps in accountability within the temporary work visa system. Based on national hotline data from 2015 to 2017, 797 individuals are believed to be victims.
GSR Today - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is not a fictional place, though before I traveled there, my community did not believe it was real.
The Mekong Delta's Soc Trang Province is one of largest Khmer-populated provinces in southern Vietnam. Khmer ethnic people account for over 30 percent of the province's population of 1.3 million, and because of their status, they are generally left out of government-run schools, health care and other opportunities to move out of poverty. Over two decades ago, Sisters of Lovers of the Holy Cross of Can Tho volunteered to educate illiterate Khmer adults at their convent in Soc Trang City to introduce the mostly Buddhist population to Catholicism and help them live better lives.