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.
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.
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.
Nehal Patel used to shy away from people with HIV/AIDS who visit a care center that shares space on her high school campus, but now she is no longer afraid to sit near them and exchange pleasantries.
"I could not have imagined doing this some years ago, as I thought it was dangerous even to go near an HIV person," said the Hindu teenager, who completed 12th grade last spring in a Catholic school in central India.