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Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Fr. James Martin, Sr. Simone Campbell to pray at Democratic National Convention

Fr. James Martin, S.J., and Sister Simone Campbell, SSS will both offer prayers during the Democratic National Convention, it was... Read more

Religious sisters attend the enthronement of Our Lady of Charity in the Vatican Gardens August 28, 2014.

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to ... Read more

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson addresses the LCWR convention.

LCWR may not be open to reform, commentator worries

Actions by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious at its latest annual assembly suggest that it may be closed to... Read more

Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, outgoing president of the LCWR.

No real cooperation from women's religious group, author says

Despite a shift in tone, virtually no progress has been made toward the Vatican's goals for the reform of the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for his installation on March 19, 2013.

Pope to sisters: living with Jesus outside Church is absurd

Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of... Read more

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz leaves Paul VI Hall during the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

Vatican doctrine office confused by cardinal's LCWR comments

The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of... Read more

Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. CNA file photo.

Pope backs reform of US sisters' leadership conference

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal... Read more

Sister Pat Farrell, president of the LCWR, speaks during a press conference at the conference's 2012 assembly. Photo by Lisa Johnston.

LCWR meets archbishop, says way of life must not be compromised

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has begun talks with the archbishop tasked with its reform, but says it will... Read more

Sister Pat Farrell, President of the LCWR, speaks during a press conference at the LCWR annual assembly. Photo by Lisa Johnston for CNA.

Religious sisters' conference plans to continue Vatican dialogue

Sister Pat Farrell told participants in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly that talks with the Vatican will go... Read more

Barbara Marx Hubbard is welcomed by LCWR members to their Aug. 7-11, 2012 annual assembly in St. Louis, Mo.

LCWR's evolutionary leadership will help determine future, keynote speaker says

The keynote speaker at the annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly assured the sisters that their qualities of “evolutionary... Read more

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo.

Archbishop urges avoidance of politics as LCWR convenes

As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathers for its annual assembly, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo.... Read more

Sister Janet Mock and Sister Pat Farrell in Rome on June 12, 2012.

LCWR officials brief leaders on 'difficult' Vatican meeting

Officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said that their June 12 meeting with Congregation for the Doctrine of... Read more

Members of the religious order at the Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center.

Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its... Read more

 Sister Pat Farrell, President of the LCWR, and Executive Director Sister Janet Mock leave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome on June 12, 2012.

Vatican describes talks with US sisters as 'open and cordial'

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has described talks with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as... Read more

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.

Archbishop Sartain stresses dedication to addressing religious sisters' issues

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle says he is dedicated to addressing concerns regarding the Leadership Conference of Women Religious... Read more

LCWR accuses Vatican investigation of using 'flawed process'

The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is arguing that the Vatican’s recent assessment of the organization was... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI prays in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope praying for renewal of US women religious

Pope Benedict XVI says he is praying that a renewal of female religious life in the United States will “recapture... Read more