The Cuba of 1959 is not like the Cuba of 2017. Although freedom of religion is protected by the constitution and Cubans can worship where and when they want, I saw the effects of decades of atheism.
In order for India -- the land of my birth -- to move forward, we as a nation will have to focus less on our personal interests and benefits. We will have to move to safeguard diversity, with its beauty and richness.
From her mission deep in Panama's rainforest, Sr. Melinda Roper embraces a human rights focus much broader than the one that thrust her into the international spotlight nearly four decades ago. Roper was at the helm of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic on Dec. 2, 1980, when four U.S. churchwomen — two of them Maryknoll sisters — were murdered in El Salvador.
School Sister of Notre Dame Rose Rita Huelsmann recently retired after 13 years as the coordinator of volunteers at the sister-run Criminal Justice Ministry, which provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated people in St. Louis.
I stand at the counter in the lobby of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. I am the receptionist, gatekeeper, and facilitator in this ministry with refugees, immigrants, and people living in poverty.
I was happy that my students had agreed to go on a retreat focused on social justice and service. But I had not given much thought to the issue of diversity, of who would be on the retreat with them.
Perhaps the tide is turning for lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Late last year, I made a 10-day visit to Poland, invited by the Campaign against Homophobia to give public addresses, interviews and a retreat for Faith and Rainbow, a group of LGBT Catholics.
The Somali family of 11 arrived to us on a Friday afternoon in early April. We watched in wonder as person after person climbed out of the hefty Catholic Charities van amid grocery bags and beat-up suitcases. Peering into their bright eyes as we welcomed them, I knew that something beautiful and unforgettable was happening.
Series review: "The Handmaid's Tale," a new series streaming on Hulu, is about personhood, identity, freedom and abuse of power in bleak dystopian tale set in a Christian theocracy of the not too distant future.
"For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in women religious," says sociologist Christine Gervais. Since a sister baptized her, "it's literally been a lifelong interest that began the day I was born."
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