The United Nations has declared today, 25 November 2009, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Gender-based violence is devastating the lives of millions of women at home and throughout the world, as their rights and dignity are denied and violated in horrific ways that include rape and sexual violence, domestic violence and the denial of their freedom and right to participate in society.
Karen Armstrong, author of “The Case for God” joins with a multi-national Council of Religious Leaders to bring Compassion back to the Heart of Society.
Karen Armstrong, winner of the 2008 TED prize, along with religious leaders from around the world, gathered on November 12, 2009, to unveil the Charter for Compassion.
Here is some news from California where one of our sisters is involved in such diverse ministries as the RCIA, feeding the homeless and a spirituality circle.
The Religious Sisters of Charity have written the following letter to the Minister for Education and Science in regard to the congregation’s commitment to make a further voluntary contribution in light of the Ryan report:
Two exciting developments have recently taken place in one of our communities in Nigeria.
St. Francis Hospital purchased a new x-ray machine earlier this year. On the feast of St. Francis (4th October), patron of the hospital, the new X-ray Department was officially opened and blessed.
The English/Scottish Province has published information about Prisoners Week 2009. The Province Website gives details of the themes for this year:
‘Hold Fast To Hope’ (England) and …
‘Dreams For Our Children’ (Scotland).
Visit their website for more information about how this week will be marked in both countries.
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa urged the recent Synod on Africa to take concrete action against human trafficking. "I hope this Synod on Africa shall study the root causes of human trafficking, internally displaced persons, abused domestic workers (especially women in the Middle East), refugees and migrants, especially the African boat migrants and asylum seekers and come up with concrete positions and proposals to show to the world that African lives are sacred and not cheap, as they seem to be presented and seen in many media channels.
Sr. Carmel Somers RSC reports on some of the practical aspects of ‘Care For The Earth’ in California.
"Zero Waste is reporting that we are now the most environmentally responsible area in the USA. Again car emissions are down and more and more people are recycling.
Under Sr. Bernadette Moran's leadership at St. Columban's Parish in Garden Grove, the issue of human trafficking has been brought to the fore. Over the last few years, as part of the Adult Faith Formation Program, Sr. Bernadette has arranged workshops for parishioners on different aspects of trafficking to increase awareness of the reality of this issue.
Sr. Kayula Lesa RSC reflects on two great celebrations in the Zambian Region in September.
“The 5th and 12th of September, 2009, were not ordinary days in the lives of the Sisters of Charity in the Zambian Religion. On 5th of September Sr. Liness Banda made her Final Vows in Kabwata Parish in Lusaka; while on the 12th, Sr. Anne Clare Salamo celebrated her Silver Jubilee in Sacred Heart Parish in Kabwe.
September 12th, 2009 was an historic day in the life of the Nigerian Region. Six sisters took Final Vows as Sisters of Charity in the parish church of Christ the King, Port Harcourt – Sisters Laeticia Amadi, Mary Balogun, Eucharia Eya, Gloria Ozuluoke, Francisca Ahumibe and Prisca Acholonu. Sr. Mary Christian, the Superior General, was present to receive their vows.
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