Saji Thomas is a freelance journalist based in Bhopal. He has worked for several mainstream newspapers, such as The Times of India. He writes regularly for Matters India, a news portal that collaborates with GSR and focuses on religious and social issues.

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Water projects, respect for women create sustainability in India's tribal villages

Through water projects, micro-loans, farming diversity and other means, the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) not only checked migration to cities but also fought several social evils that subjugated women, such as child marriage in northwestern India.

Indian Catholics want Pope Francis to go beyond comments about abuse

Global Sisters Report: Catholics are urging papal action against abusers, especially in India, where supporters of a nun accusing a bishop of rape have been censured by church authorities.

Dissenting sisters in rape case say they are church 'outcasts'

Global Sisters Report: As the Vatican grapples to devise stronger protocols and responses following a historic summit focused on clergy sex abuse of minors, five nuns in India complain of church repression for their support of a former superior general who was allegedly raped by a bishop.

Catholic nuns raise hope among Kerala's flood victims, farmers

Ouseph Pappachan, a physically challenged farmer in flood-ravaged Kerala, says he and his wife are alive now because of Sr. Regin Mathew.

"I did not feel like living after floods destroyed all I had. But the sister convinced me there is life beyond such personal tragedies," Pappachan told Global Sisters Report. He is Catholic and lives in the Wayanad District of the southern Indian state.