Giovanna Dell'orto

Giovanna Dell'orto is an author at Religion News Service.

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Stuck at the border, migrants find a little Christmas cheer

By Giovanna Dell'orto and Morgan Lee — December 27, 2022
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Across the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, shelters are already packed beyond capacity, leaving little time for celebrations and many migrants camped out in the streets in below freezing weather.

Faith leaders prep for border changes amid tension, hope

By Giovanna Dell'orto — December 19, 2022
REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Faith leaders working on the border are wary of what's to come. They expect tensions will keep rising if new restrictions are imposed.

Queen lauds Minnesota church’s century of Norwegian worship

By Giovanna Dell'orto — October 17, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The congregation has worshipped in Norwegian for all 100 years that it has existed.

Chile hospital integrates Native medicine, birth to death

By Giovanna Dell'orto — August 29, 2022
OSORNO, Chile (AP) — The largest public hospital in the southern Chilean city of Osorno is finding new ways to incorporate Indigenous health practices, a move they say is restoring a crucial spiritual component to health care.

On Greece’s Santorini, 13 cloistered nuns pray for the world

By Giovanna Dell'orto — July 11, 2022
THIRA, Greece (AP) — It's a crucial if often misunderstood mission within the church, where constant prayer is deemed necessary to support more outwardly engaged ministries.

Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

By Giovanna Dell'orto — June 21, 2022
TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS, Spain (AP) — Terradillos de los Templarios, and dozens of villages like it, were built to host medieval pilgrims. Today’s Camino travelers are saving them from disappearing.

Pastor-led shelters bring schooling options to migrant kids

By Giovanna Dell'orto — April 26, 2022
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Pastor-run shelters have partnered with educators to bus children to an alternative school that teaches everything from math to reading to dealing with emotions, or bringing in specially accredited teachers.

Afghan evacuees mark first US Ramadan with gratitude, agony

By Mariam Fam and Giovanna Dell'orto — April 5, 2022
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) — As they adjust to their new communities, Afghan families are celebrating Ramadan with gratitude for their safety. Yet there's also the agony of being away from loved ones who they fear are in danger under Taliban leadership.
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