At UN development meetings, sisters present pathways to eradicate poverty

The Commission for Social Development, the U.N. body charged with supporting and monitoring global development progress, met Jan. 29-Feb. 7. Catholic sisters who represent their congregations at the United Nations shared best practices from their own programs and brought stories of what getting out of poverty really means for the people they serve.

When a meal is more than food: Sisters in India deliver hope to the elderly

The Society of Devapriya Sisters deliver daily meals to 100 elderly people living in poverty, throughout the town of Rajkot. The sisters give each of those in need a meal, along with some dignity and compassion. The ministry addresses a growing trend in Indian society: the elderly destitute, abandoned and living in isolation.

Religious convene over challenge of blending indigenous, Afro cultures with the church

At the Confederation of Religious in Latin American and Caribbean's interculturality seminar in Guatemala, women and men religious — indigenous and Afro religious or religious who work with those communities — gathered to discuss concerns involved with blending the best aspects of indigenous and Afro culture with the institutional Catholic Church.

Nuns' spirit of service can lead to abuses, Vatican magazine says

Misunderstanding the generous service and obedience of women religious leads to their being exploited and underappreciated, according to an investigative report in a Vatican magazine. "Sisters are seen as volunteers that one can have available as one wishes, which gives rise to genuine abuses of power," said a nun identified only as Sister Cecile.

Parents sell children as Kenya's sex tourism normalizes exploitation

Despite sisters' efforts, social acceptance of sex tourism on Kenya's coast means victims are unlikely to seek help. Sex work, including for children, is seen as an acceptable means of earning a living in coastal Kenya. What is seen as a quick way out of poverty makes it hard for women and men religious to rescue young girls from sexual exploitation.


Brazilian court denies sentence reduction for Dorothy Stang assassin

A Brazilian court denied Regivaldo Pereira Galvao's request for a reduction in sentence for his conviction of masterminding the 2005 killing of Sr. Dorothy Stang, a U.S missionary.

In 2010, Galvao was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison, but he was released in 2012 and allowed to remain free while appealing his sentence. The rancher was re-arrested in 2017.

On Feb. 22, the court accepted the prosecutor's arguments that the sentence was appropriate, based on the evidence.