Every week, somewhere in Bangladesh, a woman’s life is changed forever when she is doused with acid and disfigured.Women are also regularly attacked in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The western world isn’t immune either.The motivations vary but most are very simple: a man’s reputation has been damaged. Maybe his sexual advances were rejected. Maybe he was cheated on. Whatever the reason, the punishment does not fit the crime.
The gender ratio is a problem in India - due in part to illegal sex-selective abortions, female infanticide, neglect and discrimination against girls in some parts of the country. The hashtag #selfiewithdaughter began trending on Twitter, after a village in Haryana state - which has one of the lowest ratios - asked people to pose with their daughters in a selfie contest. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for people across the country to join in and share pictures taken with their daughters.
These women were so appalled by the mutilation and killing of rhinos that they decided to fight back - they call themselves the Black Mambas.
A speaker at the Life Teen Leadership Conference asked all the young women in the room to sit down and all the young men to stand up. He proceeded to say, “These young women have all been hurt by men in some way, many very deeply.” He said that in a moment he would ask the hundreds of young men, our brothers-in-Christ standing beside us, to sing the song, “How He Loves” over us.
Pope Francis has declared four women saints, include two Palestinians, a French nun and an Italian nun. Video by Catholic News Service. St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas and St Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy were both from Palestine. St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve was a French nun and foundress. St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception came from Italy. Video by Catholic News Service.
Pope Francis has canonised two 19th Century nuns who lived in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, making them the first Palestinian saints in modern times. Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy were among four new saints declared in Rome's St Peter's Square.
May 13 1917 was a beautiful Sunday in Portugal’s rugged Serra de Aire uplands. Sunshine bathed the olive groves. The fresh green of Springtime in the meadows and olive groves contrasted with the vivid red of poppy flowers. The happy voices of three children playing as they watched over their families’ flocks rang out in the clear air.
Fearless Voices: speaking up for peace, equality and justice in the DRC is a report on sexual violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the report we share the words of courageous women and girls who have survived violence. Fearless Voices calls for an end to systemic rape and violence perpetrated against women and girls within a culture of impunity.
When visitors enter the Jamberoo Abbey church, located in southern New South Wales, the first thing to strike them is the stunning backdrop of full-length glass windows behind the altar and tabernacle, bringing the beauty of God’s creation right into the heart of the church and allowing all who worship there to turn their prayer outward, for the world. The impact of the windows is no accident, according to the Abbey’s guest mistress, Sister Therese, but is an integral part of the church’s original design. “We are Benedictines and our work is to pray, so we pray for the world,” she says.
After I finished my confession and walked out, I couldn’t stop thinking about this woman and why she wept. I couldn’t stop thinking about what her confession meant to her.
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