For seven years, Sister Anita has worked with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, in the Diocese of San Jose. She offers them counsel, ministers to their most urgent needs, and supervises children in the primary school. She helps local women and organizes youth events and activities. "It is a joy and a blessing," Sister Anita says of her work.
The Solomon Islands are located in the South Pacific, about 450 miles east of New Guinea and 1,600 miles northeast of Australia. The islands are predominantly Christian, though most residents identify as Protestant, with Catholics making up only 13 percent of the population.
Though seemingly unremarkable, the village of Khushpur is sometimes described as Pakistan's Vatican. It is the heart of the Catholic Church in Pakistan: this one parish has produced two bishops, over 35 priests, and hundreds of brothers and sisters. The National Formation Center for Catechists is also in Khushpur; catechists from all over the country are trained there.
The Apostolic Prelature of Cristalandia in central western Brazil covers a vast area of over 24,000 square miles – larger than many U.S. states. It has 17 parishes and its close-to 177,000 Catholic faithful live widely scattered. There are just 16 priests to minister to them pastorally, and the distances are vast, making pastoral care a massive challenge.