News Flash Points

  • On February 18, Megan Rice of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus was sentenced to 35 months in prison for her role in a peaceful protest with a group called Transform Now Plowshares. They were demonstrating against a weapons-grade uranium enrichment plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA. At her trial, the 84-year-old sister asked the judge to give her a life sentence, so she could continue to minister to the other women in prison. See the Transform Now Plowshares website for further information.
  • In January the Congregation of Notre Dame sent letters to the mayor of Montreal to support his fight against erotic massage parlors. Pierrette Boissé CND of their social justice group has invited other CND sisters and associates to write to their own mayors and to raise the awareness of their civic leaders to the problems of trafficking, the exploitation of women, and the dangers of pornography. They are also contacting editors of newspapers that publish ads that do not respect the dignity of women.
  • The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart report that Cabrini Health has ventured into new territory with the establishment of a new pro bono health outreach to remote Aboriginal communities on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Aboriginal people in communities like Aurukun, Kowenyamah, Mapoon, Napranum and Pompurraw have a high burden of rheumatic heart disease, so Cabrini is partnering with a local hospital to provide their echocardiography service. Many of the remote communities can only be accessed by light planes.
  • The Sisters of Saint Anne had their Social Justice Network Meeting in Haiti. This historic meeting gave them the opportunity to visit that country and to see for themselves what is happening at the border with human trafficking.
  • In Aleppo, Syria, the Religious of Jesus and Mary sisters are reaching out to the very poor and refugees, providing food and other essentials, and being a source of comfort to the people there in the midst of violence and war.
  • The Sisters of Providence in the Philippines are working on issues of just distribution of land, and protection of land threatened by mining companies. They work closely with the bishops and the network of religious congregations to effectively serve people living in poverty.
  • Several communities noted the fact that at the congregational level, they monitor their investments according to socially responsible criteria, and collaborate with other organizations that share their values in responsible investing.
  • The US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (to which UNANIMA belongs) just received the Gold Addy award for a Public Service Print. This was the ad against human trafficking that we put in the American Airlines magazine in December. There was a picture of the ad in the November Update.