NCR Today: Basketball-playing sisters are among the women religious who made news headlines this week. Don't miss this roundup.
Global Sisters Report
A Catholic convent near Jerusalem and a largely Maronite village in Galilee were damaged in recent weeks as a two-year wave of vandalism directed at Christians and Muslims in Israel and the West Bank continued.
In late March, anti-Christian and anti-American graffiti was scrawled on the walls of the Deir Rafat convent, also known as Our Lady Queen of Palestine. The tires of cars at the monastery also were slashed.
Founded in 1899 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the college preparatory Mother Cabrini High School for young women in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan is slated to close with the end of the current academic year.
Healthcare in Vietnam is difficult to access, especially for the poor, but an interfaith clinic co-founded by Catholic sisters in Ho Chi Minh City helps meet the needs of people who otherwise struggle with the services provided by state-run hospitals.
A couple of weeks ago it was a crooning sister in Italy. This week a sister singing a different tune grabbed the lion’s share of mainstream headlines, but there were plenty of positive stories, too.
Founded in 2000, the Mission of Life community visits 300 to 400 impoverished Beirut families a month as part of its Streets' Mission. This Lent, the 33 sisters and brothers included a group of 10th graders from the Maronite-run St. George School in their outreach.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Those "thought to be less are actually bearers of gifts that are priceless. They witness to simplicity of life that ... treasures friendship."
With fears that the situation in South Sudan is disappearing from the front pages of newspapers, the United Nations released a press statement yesterday appearing on U.N. News Centre about the desperate need for relief in the most remote areas of the country still affected by violence. As the rainy season approaches in central Africa, the situation for refugees living in camps becomes more precarious. Br. Bill Firman with Solidarity with South Sudan gives an update.
Aljazeera published a story this week, “Frontline Nuns,” profiling religious aid workers from Solidarity with South Sudan who are serving in areas of war while facing realities of their own safety. Br. Bill Firman, Solidarity’s executive director, also wrote to NCR this week with a letter titled, “Troubled Times.”
If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: It’s not nice to tow a sister’s truck while she’s delivering meals to the homeless. That story and others in the mainstream media caught our eye this week.