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August 28, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The death of Sister Sheila Walsh, believed to have been the first Roman Catholic nun in the nation to be a full-time registered lobbyist, reminded me of how many other activist nuns have contributed so forcefully and significantly to the causes of the poor (or, as Sister Sheila preferred, the less stigmatized “people living in poverty”), the homeless, the victims of warfare. Nuns dedicate their lives to service in the name of God, and that service can be -- and should be allowed to be -- more than pastoral.
April 3, 2014
Re "A renegade keeps her faith," Column, March 29 What a wonderful way to end Women's History Month. Sandy Banks' column on Sister Judy Vaughan was a tribute to her and to all the nuns who preceded her. In the early days of our country, these valiant women went to the wilderness to establish schools and hospitals. During the Civil War they nursed combatants regardless of side. They went into homes to nurse the ill during the 1918 flu pandemic when others would not or could not. And some of them died prematurely for their efforts.
December 12, 1988 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II on Sunday elevated to sainthood Maria Rosa Molas y Vallve, a 19th-Century Spanish nun who founded a religious order dedicated to helping the needy.
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- At least a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by Syrian rebels near Damascus in December were released on Sunday, according to Syria's official news agency and Lebanese media reports. The state-run Syrian news outlet reported that the nuns had been freed and were due to arrive at a Syrian border crossing with Lebanon. Various media accounts indicated that the nuns had been released near the rebel-held Syrian city of Yabroud and transported to the Lebanese border town of Arsaal.
July 5, 2013 | By Susan King
Dolores Hart was one of Hollywood's top ingenues, giving Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in 1957's "Loving You" and then reuniting with him a year later in "King Creole. " She worked with such legends as Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in 1957's "Wild Is the Wind" and Robert Ryan and Montgomery Clift in 1958's "Lonelyhearts," then earned a Tony Award nomination in 1959 for her first play, the romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company. " A devout Catholic since the age of 10, she broke off her engagement to Don Robinson in 1963 and entered the cloistered Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where as Mother Dolores Hart she has lead a life of contemplation and hospitality.
December 29, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Midge Turk Richardson, a former nun and parochial school principal in Los Angeles who cast off her habit for the world of New York publishing, where she reigned for nearly two decades as editor of Seventeen magazine, has died. She was 82. Richardson, who was found in her New York City home Dec. 17, appeared to have died in her sleep from natural causes, according to her stepson, Kevin Richardson. A Los Angeles native, Richardson spent 18 years as a nun in the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, including seven years as superintendent of Our Lady Queen of Angels High School.
April 13, 2010 | By Marcelo Soares and Chris Kraul
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Sao Paulo, Brazil -- A Brazilian court has convicted a rancher in the 2005 killing a U.S.-born nun, Dorothy Stang, in the third trial that the co-mastermind of her murder has faced. After 15 hours of deliberations, a jury found Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura guilty of planning the killing of Stang, 73. At the time of her death from six gunshots at close range, she was living among landless peasants in remote Para state in the Amazon River basin. Authorities have long alleged that De Moura, now 39, plotted Stang's murder because she blocked him and other ranchers from taking over land that had been set aside for the poor for sustainable development.
July 9, 1989 | From United Press International
Doctors on Saturday reattached the retina of an elderly nun who was shot in the head last month in El Salvador, but they were unsure whether she would regain significant vision in her left eye. Sister Mary Stanislaus Mackey was in stable condition at St. Joseph Hospital after three hours of surgery, a spokeswoman said. Mackey was shot in a possible robbery attempt. She had an operation last week to remove bullet fragments.
December 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Police detained a rancher suspected in the slaying of U.S. activist and nun Dorothy Stang, accusing him of illegally acquiring titles to land she died trying to defend. Regivaldo Galvao's arrest could lead to the reopening of the case in the death of Stang, 73, who was shot in 2005 in a dispute with ranchers. Prosecutors contend Galvao and another rancher hired men to kill Stang. Galvao was arrested in 2005, but he was freed on bail and has used appeals to avoid trial. He has denied any role in Stang's death.
March 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
A nun who spent the last 18 months in prison for defacing a missile site in a peace protest is scheduled to be released today, but she may face another confrontation with prosecutors for refusing to pay $3,000 in restitution. Jackie Marie Hudson, 70, was convicted in April 2003 of obstructing national defense and damaging government property.
March 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
An Irvine woman who stole $285,000 from a group of nuns and then spent it all in just 64 days was sentenced Friday to 37 months in federal prison. Linda Rose Gagnon, 59, had promised to help the Roman Catholic sisters buy a retirement home, but instead used the money in a spending spree, paying for pet-sitting services for her dog, gourmet meals and lease payments for an Audi TT sports cars, according to the U.S. attorney's office. The Irvine resident was found guilty in November of three counts of wire fraud for defrauding the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus & Mary, an order devoted to educational and charitable work.
February 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Praise has continued to pour in for an 84-year-old nun and two other Catholic activists who were sentenced to prison this week for embarrassing the U.S. government two years ago by breaking into a nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee. Trying to draw attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons, Megan Rice, 58-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 64-year-old Michael Walli cut through several rings of fences at the Y-12 National Security Complex and sprayed blood on a uranium storage facility.
January 30, 2014 | By Malcolm Potts
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and theological errors behind the Vatican's condemnation of what it terms "artificial contraception. " And it also overlooks an important medical point: The nuns might have something to gain from taking oral contraceptives. But first, some background on the history of contraception.
January 18, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts - whatever they could spare for the elderly poor. Nearly 175 years later, nuns from the religious order Jugan founded, the Little Sisters of the Poor, can still be seen in public, collecting donations to support their work. Unlike some nuns who wear casual clothing these days, the Little Sisters dress in traditional garb, in all white or black habits with gray veils.
January 7, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Little Sisters of the Poor, an organization of Roman Catholic nuns that runs nursing homes around the country, is testing the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Last week, we're sorry to say, the nuns won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Under the law, most employers are required to provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control. But the Obama administration agreed to a compromise for nonprofit religious groups that object to contraception, exempting them from paying for such coverage.
January 3, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new healthcare law. Nonprofit religious charities already can opt out of the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives and therefore have nothing to complain about, U.S. Solicitor...
June 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
An American nun was shot in the head and critically wounded by an assailant who fired into her pickup truck as she drove outside the capital, hospital and church sources said today. The sources said Sister Mary McKay, 72, was wounded Wednesday night as she traveled with two other people from the capital to Zaragoza, 10 miles to the south. The attacker has not been identified. Some Salvadoran armed forces officers consider nuns, priests and other church people who work in poor communities sympathizers with leftist guerrillas battling the U.S.-backed government.
November 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman trying to drive her car up a steep road lost control of her vehicle and ran over and killed a nun who was directing traffic below, authorities said. The car Frances Wager was driving was having trouble going forward, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Santillan said. It rolled down the hill and struck the nun, whose identity was not released pending notification of her family. No one else was injured in the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday, Santillan said.
December 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary exemption late Tuesday to a small group of Catholic nuns that shields it from having to comply with a part of President Obama's healthcare law that requires it to provide contraceptive coverage in its insurance plans. She acted on an emergency appeal from lawyers for the group who said the nuns faced "draconian fines" beginning on New Year's Day if they failed to comply with the law widely known as Obamacare. Sotomayor gave the government until Friday to file a response in the case.
December 28, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion. The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had espoused "radical feminist themes," adding, "Issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church's Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching.
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