At the Global Rights of Nature summit, Vandana Shiva, an internationally renowned physicist and environmental activist, led the ritual Thursday on our last morning in Otavalo, sharing some of India’s poems and hymns to Mother Earth. One began, “Whatever, I dig of you, O Earth, may that grow quickly upon you.”
The sun was beginning to cut the chill of the Andean morning when the group gathered around a fountain in an outdoor courtyard. This is how the summit of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature began, with Tai Ta Carlos, an elder from this territory, leading a ceremony of thanksgiving to Pachamama, Mother Earth, for the life that sustains us.
Speaking of the damage we are doing to Earth, he said, “We must recognize that we are part of the natural world.”
We traveled three hours by bus northeast from Quito, Ecuador, climbing winding roads up the highlands of the Andes Mountains, past craggy canyons, hillside farms and village settlements. Our destination was Otavalo, at the foot of the Imbabura volcano, where we joined nearly 50 leaders of the emergent “rights of nature” movement for a four-day global summit.
While so many of us worry about the lack of pediatric care in depressed areas of the world, Mercy Sr. Karen Schneider, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, has found a creative, positive way to address children's needs by founding Mercy Medical Missions.
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Orphans and children whose parents are infected with HIV/AIDS enjoyed a day of fun thanks to local sisters and other Catholic groups.
During the 2010 Christmas season, the Benedictine sisters of Baltimore found themselves in the midst of a modern-day Christmas story.
A formidable human-trafficking industry has driven Catholic religious women to collaborate among themselves and with other sectors of society to stop trafficking.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to fly to Chicago to be a part of a roundtable conversation about the film formerly known as "Sister." The film follows the journey of three Catholic sisters who may be pretty familiar to you: Simone Campbell, Chris Schenk and Jean Hughes.
These women are balancing a deep faith and a thirst for justice with a church hierarchy that, well, isn't always that supportive. The trailer will leave you wanting more. Watch and see.
Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters run a center for visually impaired people, many of whom are from poor families in rural areas.
The secular spotlight found on the lives of women religious today has sparked renewed interest in how religious sisters live and work.