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.

Work by Sisters of the Holy Spirit diminishes HIV stigma in central India

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.

Bishop out on bail, priest's death unnerve Indian nuns who protested publicly

Global Sisters Report: "We do not know whether we will be on the face of the earth tomorrow. The bishop can do anything to us," says Sister Anupama of the Missionaries of Jesus.

Indian congregation protests response to nun's rape allegation against bishop

Five Catholic nuns in the southern Indian state of Kerala are holding an indefinite sit-in demanding the arrest of a bishop accused of repeatedly raping another sister.

"We are literally forced to launch this public protest after the church leadership in India and the Vatican ignored our demand for justice," Sister Josephine, one of the protesting nuns, told Global Sisters Report on Sept. 11, the fourth day of their sit-in at a busy intersection near the Kerala High Court in Kochi, the state's commercial hub.