In Juárez, Mexico, where cartels have left families mourning loved ones and women fending for their families, the Centro Santa Catalina provides opportunity for about 20 women to utilize various creative and management skills to help them generate a survival income.
After a fire destroyed the Islamic Center Mosque in Victoria, Texas, hundreds of people of diverse faiths came together in a show of compassion and solidarity.
Many years ago, a friend gave me a decorative plaque that said, "Well-behaved women rarely make history." I thought in many ways that this suited me; however — and paradoxically — in my mind, I have always been fairly well-behaved.
An international network of priest associations and reform groups gathered in Chicago last October. I was eager to see if wounds previously felt by the group around women's issues in the church had healed. Would there be any movement in the group's willingness to accept women in more visible liturgical roles? Or would the same fears and concerns resurface?
I made my way to the Women's March on Washington last Saturday filled with a mix of excitement and trepidation. I had gone back and forth about whether I should go, torn between a deep-seated conviction that there are matters of basic human rights, dignity and justice that need to be defended, and an internal disquietude about a broad protest platform that included certain positions I didn't agree with.
Catholic sisters who joined some 3 million people in Women's Marches Jan. 21 are heartened by the turnout, the international scope of the demonstrations, their peaceful nature, and the energy they engendered. But the question of "What's next?" is a serious one.
Catholic women made sure their voices were heard among the millions who gathered at marches and rallies in cities and towns across the United States and around the world on January 21 to stand up for women's rights and send a signal to President Donald Trump about a wide range of issues.
GSR Today - We have been following the Women's March on Washington and the other similar marches around the world today. We have reporters on the ground in Chicago, New York, Boston, El Paso and more (even Tel Aviv). Check in. Send us news on our Facebook site.
My fears about hijra have gone. Instead, something inside me tells me to do something more for them so that they can claim their rightful place in society. The Lord gathers the outcasts, and so must we.
About 125 groups in 25 states and several foreign countries participated Jan. 15 in an international event centered on gathering together, holding hands and meditating on love and peace.
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