Costa Rican sisters care for neglected and abandoned children

For Sr. María Molina of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Assumption, a strong heart and an unwavering faith are fundamental tools in working with children at social risk. When hearing their tragic stories of abuse, "one has to be very firm and very balanced," so as not to become overwhelmed, she says. "They easily tell a story that one never imagines -- and yet it happens."

Where gangs are family, job training offers chance to escape violence

Salesian Sr. Ana Maria Mainero describes life in Delft, a South African township ripped apart by murders, as "a constant feeling of being alert, because even at lunchtime, the morning — any time is good to shoot." With the Don Bosco Skills Training Center, now under construction, she hopes to provide an alternative to the pull of gang life.

Wall honors sisters among modern heroes who helped restore justice in Philippines

Remembered in a special way on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, are 298 persons who fought and suffered in the Philippines, including many who gave their lives, to end the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and martial rule that lasted 14 years. Their names are etched on the black granite Wall of Remembrance of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument for Heroes) in Quezon City, Metro Manila. Candles are lit, flowers are offered by relatives and friends and activities or programs are often held on this day.