» 08/07/2013, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Weliweriya: protesters seeking refuge in church mowed down by the army
After a week of peaceful demands, the government deploys troops in Weliweriya to stop demonstrators asking for drinking water. Shooting to kill, soldiers fatally wound three young people and injure an additional 45. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd were threatened with death as they tried to protect the fleeing kids. The parish priest at St Anthony recalls the "utter fear".
Butuan bishop condemns military raid of Good Shepherd convent
The bishop, Mgr Juan de Dios Pueblos, intends to ask the Melo Commission, which is tasked to probe human rights abuses, to investigate. The sisters said the attack shows the soldiers' disrespect for the law.
24/12/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka: Sisters of the Good Shepherd celebrate Christmas with the poorest children
In the villages of Wewala, Weligampitiya and Kalaeliya near Jael, the nuns gave birth to a free afternoon school for poor and sick children. On 22 December they celebrated Christmas with gift to all 52 of them school uniforms and books.
15/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Less money on Saint Anthony celebrations, more for refugees
In Dalupoth parish in Negomobo, near Colombo, the faithful use the patron saint’s feast day to collect aid for refuges.
Story of sisters who help victims of family violence becomes a documentary
The congregation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd have launched an initiative to support women and children experiencing domestic abuse. The numbers are shocking. In Taiwan in 2008 alone there were 75,438 cases known to the government, in 2009, the number rose to 83,728, in 2010 98,720.
Nepali Catholics praying for the "good shepherds" of China, India and Syria
In Kathmandu, the feast of the Good Shepherd was devoted to prayers for those who work in difficult situations in the world. For a Nepali priest, "many priests and nuns work amid great difficulties to spread the grace of God in the world. I am an example."
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