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  • A minister finds Christ in "the least of these" on death row

    5/27/2024 6:47:20 PM
    A minister finds Christ in ``the least of these`` on death row

    In an interview with Vatican News, death row prison chaplain and author, the Rev. Joseph B. Ingle, reflects on his pastoral work and advocacy and talks about the time he was part of an effort to gain pardon for Robert Sullivan, a death row inmate in the 1980s, that involved Pope John Paul II who personally pleaded for clemency to save Sullivan's life.

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  • A religious sister in theology’s halls of power

    5/20/2024 7:39:03 PM
    A religious sister in theology’s halls of power

    For centuries, men have predominantly overseen the academic domain of theology and key committees in the Church, but women have an essential role to play. Sr. M. Isabell Naumann, a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary, shares insights on her journey as a woman in various leadership roles within the Church.

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  • Head of NASA, Bill Nelson, on Vatican Observatory's work to explore the heavens

    5/11/2024 6:15:10 AM
    Head of NASA, Bill Nelson, on Vatican Observatory`s work to explore the heavens

    In an interview with Vatican News, the Head of NASA, Administrator Bill Nelson, reveals Holy See-US Space collaboration, commends the Vatican's Observatory for shedding light on the heavens, and shares how space travel teaches valuable lessons about human fraternity.

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  • Nigerian nun organizes Yak Iyamma Team to fight human trafficking

    5/8/2024 8:44:33 PM
    Nigerian nun organizes Yak Iyamma Team to fight human trafficking

    Trafficking in persons has been a cruel reality in Nigeria since the 1980s, one that is unfortunately still present. In response to an appeal made by the Bishops of Nigeria and Major Superiors to join in the fight against human trafficking, Sister Anthonia M. Essien, HHCJ, and her team have launched awareness raising programs in rural villages in Akwa Ibom State.

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  • Faith in action: Church's compassionate aid for migrants in Spain

    5/1/2024 9:58:41 AM
    Faith in action: Church`s compassionate aid for migrants in Spain

    Catholic-inspired organizations are implementing a series of social programs in Ceuta and Algeciras, assisting those arriving from Africa to enter Europe. One of the greatest challenges is the fight against human trafficking which exposes women to forced prostitution.

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  • Ethiopia and its life-giving water wells

    5/1/2024 9:50:27 AM
    Ethiopia and its life-giving water wells

    Fr Filippo Perin, 52, is a missionary in Ethiopia’s Gambella region on the border with South Sudan. A beautiful land where, however, there is no water; the people are starving and the climate is unbearable. His project, supported by the Salesians and the non-profit organization Cuore Amico, opens as many wells as possible to ensure the population’s survival in a country where the average life expectancy is below 50 years of age.

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  • Guglielmo Marconi: 'The man who listened to the future'

    4/26/2024 9:13:00 AM
    Guglielmo Marconi: `The man who listened to the future`

    Ahead of International Marconi Day and 150 years since his birth, we recall the rich legacy of Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor-entrepreneur who set up Vatican Radio in 1931 and installed a ‘big cell phone’ in Pope Pius XI’s car that connected to the Vatican.

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  • ‘Sr. Claire’ centre offers hope to children with intellectual disabilities

    4/22/2024 8:00:19 PM
    ‘Sr. Claire’ centre offers hope to children with intellectual disabilities

    “In some ethnic groups of Sub-Saharan Africa, people with intellectual disabilities are often marginalized,” says Sr. Claudia Samba, FCSM who has worked with children with intellectual disabilities in both Senegal and Mauritania for eight years, at the “Sr Claire” Center in Rosso.

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  • Committed to life: Nearly 30 years of service in Poland for Ursuline Sisters

    4/20/2024 5:31:32 AM
    Committed to life: Nearly 30 years of service in Poland for Ursuline Sisters

    February 2025 will mark 30 years since the Institute of the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of Gandino arrived in Poland.

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  • The female face of migration in Brazil

    4/19/2024 9:08:50 PM
    The female face of migration in Brazil

    The exponential increase of foreign women arriving in Brazil poses a challenge for the state and civil society. Various ecclesiastical organizations offer multiple opportunities through training, employment, and support for entrepreneurship.

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  • From war-torn Cameroon to Marseille: Daniel's journey through hell

    4/9/2024 8:02:09 PM
    From war-torn Cameroon to Marseille: Daniel`s journey through hell

    Daniel Bourha, a young Cameroonian Catholic, speaks to Vatican News about his perilous two-year journey to reach Europe. He was participating in MED24, a conference on migration organised by the French Archdiocese of Marseilles.

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  • Lesotho mothers trying to cope with drug addicted children

    4/8/2024 8:41:54 AM
    Lesotho mothers trying to cope with drug addicted children

    Mrs Pontsho Florina Tumisi, a widow and mother of two children is a member of the Saint Anne’s Catholic sodality in Lesotho. When she found herself dealing with her daughters’ drug addiction, she reached out to other mothers facing trials.

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  • Rami and Bassam: Pope Francis shared our pain

    3/28/2024 10:15:09 AM
    Rami and Bassam: Pope Francis shared our pain

    Two bereaved fathers, one an Israeli Jew and one a Palestinian Muslim, speak to Vatican News about their meeting with Pope Francis, who thanked them for their witness of fraternity.

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  • Hope inside a hospital emergency ward

    3/20/2024 9:34:15 AM
    Hope inside a hospital emergency ward

    How an experience inside an overstretched emergency ward in Rome’s “San Camillo” Hospital gave new meaning to the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and to Pope Francis’ call to be the same.

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  • Answering a call to social justice

    3/11/2024 10:33:42 PM
    Answering a call to social justice

    For all women religious, responding to a call from God to devote their lives to Him and His work is the beginning of a new life. Sister Elaine Sanchez began her new life caring for children of working-class families at Sisters of the Holy Family Day Homes in California and Nevada.

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  • The empowerment of four women struggling for peace

    3/8/2024 8:05:31 PM
    The empowerment of four women struggling for peace

    The four most recent winners of the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity met in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February and shared their experiences as leaders in different areas of society. They also share with us as women the uniqueness that brings to their work for justice.

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  • Slavery in the tea plantations of Sri Lanka

    2/29/2024 8:51:21 AM
    Slavery in the tea plantations of Sri Lanka

    When you sip tea, remember what goes into its production: stories of slavery affecting entire families.

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  • Sri Lanka: A nation’s quest for dignity and future

    2/26/2024 8:56:07 PM
    Sri Lanka: A nation’s quest for dignity and future

    The first episode of a journey visiting the Development Centers coordinated by MAGIS (Movement and Action of Jesuits Together for Development) to support the poorest and most exploited segments of Sri Lanka’s population.

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  • Ukrainian volunteer: 'We do everything to make sure that life wins'

    2/22/2024 9:26:18 PM
    Ukrainian volunteer: `We do everything to make sure that life wins`

    In an interview with Vatican News, a young woman from Kherson recounts her and many of her compatriots' choice to dedicate themselves to helping soldiers on the front lines in this time of war, and explains that volunteering is a relatively new phenomenon for Ukrainians, developed especially in the last two years.

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  • Cameroon: Sisters of Charity in the fight against poverty and prostitution

    2/15/2024 8:30:02 AM
    Cameroon: Sisters of Charity in the fight against poverty and prostitution

    In Ngaoundal, Cameroon, the nuns of Saint Jeanne Antida Thouret run a women's training centre and two clinics, and according to the sister who runs it "Since we have been here there have been improvements in the condition of women".

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  • Colombia: Dominican missionary sisters 'looking to the future with hope'

    2/12/2024 6:55:59 PM
    Colombia: Dominican missionary sisters `looking to the future with hope`

    Just over fifty years ago, three Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus began a mission in an underprivileged area of Colombia. Today, these sisters are purusing another dream.

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  • Woman and authority as depicted on 4th century Christian sarcophagi

    2/10/2024 12:17:50 AM
    Woman and authority as depicted on 4th century Christian sarcophagi

    Religious life, both contemplative and active, as we know it today, has evolved over two millennia. In this second of four essays, Christine Schenk describes original research into the archaeological evidence for early Christian women found on late 3rd to early 5th century sarcophagus friezes.

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  • Cadiz: Three migrants who overcame every adversity

    2/9/2024 7:25:03 AM
    Cadiz: Three migrants who overcame every adversity

    Suffering, personal difficulties, and distance from their families could not break the dreams of Martial and Saleha. These two foreign-born young people have fought tenaciously to build a future in Spain, where, with the help of Catholic Church organizations, they are realizing those dreams.

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  • Sister Nelly León: Free to live and serve women in prison

    2/2/2024 8:50:34 PM
    Sister Nelly León: Free to live and serve women in prison

    Sister Nelly León has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to accompanying female inmates inside and outside prison facilities, creating a foundation that helps women reintegrate into society after serving time. Her testimony and dedication are now recognised worldwide with the 2024 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.

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  • The scandal of the youngest migrant who now sets an example in Spain

    1/17/2024 8:16:17 PM
    The scandal of the youngest migrant who now sets an example in Spain

    Mohamed, at just 9 years old, fled his home in Morocco to seek a future in Europe. After passing through various centers for the protection of minors, a community of nuns welcomed him, gave stability to his life, and accompanied him in a human process that today sees him working toward a university master's degree and...

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  • The applied philosophy of caring

    1/10/2024 10:04:58 AM
    The applied philosophy of caring

    In Sicily, Paola Gurrieri, together with her brothers, heads La Mediterranea, a leader in the cultivation of chrysanthemums. The company is the first in Italy to adopt water vapor soil sterilization and to have adopted environmental and social sustainability strategies such as free preventative health screenings for employees and providing housing for foreign workers who, like Italians, are hired on an equal-opportunity basis.

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  • Ecuador: Alausí in need of aid and hope after landslide

    12/26/2023 6:55:33 PM
    Ecuador: Alausí in need of aid and hope after landslide

    In the mountain town of Alausí, in Ecuador, the Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales run a school, though everything has changed since a landslide on 26 March, with Austrian Sr. Klara-Maria Falzberger regularly visiting the town to bring essential goods and hope.

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  • UISG: Sisters brought local and marginalised voices to COP28

    12/15/2023 8:50:44 AM
    UISG: Sisters brought local and marginalised voices to COP28

    Religious sisters brought voices of the local communities and marginalised to the COP28. The conclusion of the UN conference opens complex questions like the one on the fossil fuel lobby, but it also shows determination for planet protection, they say in a statement issued by UISG.

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  • Threats and opportunities for migrants on Spain’s southern border

    12/14/2023 8:43:07 AM
    Threats and opportunities for migrants on Spain’s southern border

    While new legislation simplifies the issuing of residence permits for those embarking in formation for work, an enormous Detention Center for undocumented foreigners is under construction in Algeciras. Civil and Church organizations warn that this infrastructure could become a prison for individuals who have committed no crime.

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  • A startup helps the homeless become gardeners

    12/13/2023 9:45:13 AM
    A startup helps the homeless become gardeners

    Italian computer engineer Lorenzo Di Ciaccio left his job at a big company and used his severance pay to found “Ridaje”. The organization helps poor people care for themselves through work in reclaiming abandoned green areas of Rome. “Nobody can save themselves, but our mission is to save and change the world one garden at a time.”

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