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September 23, 2015, Washington, DC – On the occasion of the state visit to the United States by Pope Francis, more than 200 elected leaders of U.S. Catholic women religious – including Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress, and other elected leaders of the Adrian Dominican Sisters -- have written to President Obama. 

In the letter, delivered to the White House on September 22, the Sisters call on the President to play a leadership role in negotiating “a binding agreement among all nations that will keep global average temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels.” 

At the White House today, Pope Francis cited his encyclical letter Laudato Si, saying, "We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about 'a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change." 

Read the Sisters’ letter and the list of signatories.

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September 14, 2015, Washington, DC – In two interviews with CNN’s Carol Costello, Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, discusses the topics of poverty in the United States and the role of women in the Catholic Church.

In an interview that aired on September 8, Sister Donna, as the first woman President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), discusses the agency’s new campaign, End45: Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America. The former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, speaks of the 45 million people in the United States who live in poverty and of our nation’s need to address that situation.

During an interview that aired on September 10, Sister Donna discusses with Carol Costello the role of women in the Catholic Church – and the confusion that results from mixed messages on that topic by Pope Francis.  





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