All of her work helping needy Afghan families, Wittman says, stems from her Catholic faith, and the imperative she learned growing up to treat the poor as if they were Christ himself.
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Sister Byrne is a member of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a religious order centered on service, prayer, and Eucharistic adoration.
The group had cited North Korea as the most 'extreme' persecutor of Christians for twenty years prior to this year’s ranking.
Jason Jones, a U.S. Army veteran, has been involved in a number of operations aimed at saving the lives of Afghan Christians whose lives have been in imminent danger since the rise of the Taliban.
Leaving Afghanistan and arriving in Rome on Aug. 25, Father Scalese brought with him a number of Missionaries of Charity and 14 disabled children cared for by the sisters.
COMMENTARY: Kareem’s story is a window into the soul of Afghanistan. It is the icon of the suffering Christ; hungry, bruised, beaten, forsaken, left for dead.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is one of nine resettlement networks in the United States, partnering with 45 Catholic Charities agencies across the country to provide resettlement services.
“The first time they were able to attend Mass, they were so overcome that they could only cry."
Afghans and Afghan-Americans have found themselves caught up in a national catastrophe due to the U.S. withdrawal of military and civilian contractors that led to the Taliban’s takeover.