Pope names Indian missionary to succeed Archbishop Ncube in Zimbabwe

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has named a 49-year-old Indian member of the Society of the Divine Word to be the new archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Bulawayo has been without an archbishop since September 2007 when Archbishop Pius Ncube, an outspoken opponent of Zimbabwe’s political leadership, resigned in the midst of a sex scandal. He later admitted that he had an affair with a woman. Pope Benedict named Father Alex Thomas Kaliyanil, the superior of the Divine Word missionaries in Zimbabwe, to be the new archbishop of Bulawayo.   Continue reading Pope names Indian missionary to succeed Archbishop Ncube in Zimbabwe

Honoring the historical contributions of Catholic sisters in the United States. (Introduced in House)

On May 14, Representative Marcy Kaptur introduced a resolution “Honoring the historical contributions of Catholic sisters in the United States” H. Res. 441. You can find more about this bill, and take action to send an e-mail message about the bill to your Representative, at http://capwiz.com/networklobby/issues/bills/?bill=13602506&size=full

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NICARAGUA: Women Bear the Brunt of the Crisis

By José Adán Silva

Credit:Óscar Sánchez/IPS

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One of the thousands of women laid off, outside a maquila.

MANAGUA, Jun 21 (IPS) – “Don’t worry, your job will be here when you come back,” Lorena Castillo’s supervisor reassured her when she asked to take a day off for a gynaecologist appointment. She had been working at the textile factory for the past six months and it was the first time she asked for a day off. It turned out to be her last.  Continue reading NICARAGUA: Women Bear the Brunt of the Crisis

Global Land Grab

Common Dreams

 by Alexandra Spieldoch

 Close to a billion people in the world are hungry, and there is growing poverty, unemployment, and displacement in the rural sector. The world community is in widespread agreement about the urgency of more investment in agriculture. The food crisis, partly characterized by unstable markets and low reserves, has led governments to seek measures to meet their food security needs more directly than through global trade. Even though this year’s harvest was good and there was some replenishment of global stocks, there’s no certainty of what markets will look like next year. Continue reading Global Land Grab