Rita Joseph is a New Delhi-based journalist who has worked for the nationwide Press Trust of India and as features editor of The Statesman, an English-language daily newspaper in India. She writes for media outlets in India and the United States, including Matters India, a news portal that collaborates with GSR and focuses on religious and social issues.

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Indian theologians say women deacons could create progress, and setbacks

The cry for women deacons is getting stronger, even while some fear a mixed-gender diaconate might serve to reinforce clericalism in the church. Many theological experts from India are not optimistic about the possibilities.

Faith-based groups address migration issues in Asia-Pacific region

Global Sisters Report: Issues surrounding labor migration were the focus of a recent three-day conference in New Delhi that drew 161 participants, mostly religious, from across Asia.

Advocate for India's rickshaw workers is known as 'the Lioness'

Global Sisters Report: For 12 years, Franciscan Clarist Sr. Celine Arikkat has helped cycle-rickshaw taxi drivers ply their trade with dignity and civility, including freeing them from the vehicle rent that ate up their earnings.