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Sister Annie Credidio Brings Healing to Society’s Untouchables

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When American-born nun Sister Annie Credidio moved to Ecuador in the mid-1980s to be a teacher at El Nuevo Mundo School, she attended Mass at a local hospital and noticed that members of the congregation were missing fingers, toes, legs, and teeth. She soon discovered that this was a hospital for people with Hansen’s Disease [Read More...]

Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams in the summer of 2014 relaunched our nation’s ongoing conversation [Read More...]

A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness

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You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More...]

Helping People Live and Die with Dignity: A Look at the Film “The American Nurse”

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Inside the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, Sister Stephen Bloesl gathers the staff in the room of a dying woman whose daughter sits by her side. Everyone, from nurses and administrators to those who mow the lawn and deliver food, circle around her bed and begin singing the hymn “How Great Thou [Read More...]


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