Maria Socorro cropBy Maria Socorro Oliveira da Silva, SNDdeN: Health care is a primary concern for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on the Island of Marajó, Pará, Brazil. They initiated a Health Pastoral on this island to provide support, spiritual encouragement, information about the rights of infirm persons, and an alternative mode for treating illnesses. They encourage good health and healing by natural means, with fewer chemicals in the body when possible and feasible. Women leaders give their time to alleviate the suffering of people who live in poverty, are not able to get to doctors, and do not have money to buy medicine.  Read more:

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