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A transformative force

 Una forza trasformativa  DCM-006
01 June 2024

Sisterhood is a concept that transcends cultural, religious, and geographical barriers, uniting women in a deep bond of solidarity and mutual support. It is also a commitment, which in the Catholic Church is intensely manifested among nuns and sisters, figures who dedicate their lives to God and the service of others. This bond is also found in many secular humanitarian associations and in many groups of women who come together, combining faith and knowledge.

In this issue of Women Church World, we certain experiences of sisterhood, starting with Sisters Dioceses, an initiative that already involves seven Italian dioceses and aims to raise awareness of and share the religious, cultural, and social contributions of women.

We then write about religious women such as the Carthusians and the Paulines, who embody this spirit of sisterhood from different perspectives, while supporting communities and promoting the common good.

The Carthusians, a monastic order founded by Saint Bruno of Cologne in the 11th century, represent one of the most rigorous forms of contemplative life. Though distant from society, they are not isolated from the world; they live in silence and recollection, praying for humanity and seeking to draw ever closer to God. This austere and dedicated way of life shapes a spiritual sisterhood.

On the other hand, the Paulines, founded by Blessed James Alberione at the beginning of the 20th century, make communication their primary charism. Known for their dynamism, they see the media as a means to promote faith and Christian values and demonstrate how sisterhood can also be expressed through action and direct contact with society, using modern tools to spread an eternal message.

Science, heart, and Christian mission come together in Doctors with Africa – CUAMM, who support the association of HIV-positive women Kuplumussana in Mozambique. This is an example of how sisterhood can translate into concrete actions of solidarity and assistance.

In this issue, we also talk about narrative medicine, a powerful tool for building connections and promoting understanding. Telling stories of illness and healing not only humanizes the doctor-patient relationship but also builds a support network that goes beyond physical care.

In short, sisterhood demonstrates a transformative force capable of working everyday miracles. In times and in Countries that still marginalize women and their voices, this network of female solidarity is essential for it means that hope and love for others can still change the world.