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A look at the Catholics who made final religious vows in 2018

Last year at least 240 Catholic men and women professed perpetual religious vows in the U.S., and a new survey... Read more

Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day Panama Jan. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis: Heal the 'wearied hope' within a wounded Church

Pope Francis said Saturday that he recognized the weariness felt in the priesthood and in religious communities due to the... Read more

Carmelite nuns.

Get real: What young religious hope to hear from the youth synod

Tonia Borsellino knows she’s a part of the “one percent” in the U.S. It doesn’t bother her. In fact, she... Read more

Sister Emma of the Immaculate Heart. Photo courtesy of the Congregation of the Servants of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Poor.

Nun in Mexico celebrates 75th anniversary of her first profession

Sister Emma of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 97, celebrated last month her “diamond anniversary” of consecration to Christ.  Read more

Rodney Earl Sanders. Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Murdered nuns' opposition to death penalty leads to life in prison for killer

A man convicted of the 2016 slayings of two religious sisters in Mississippi will not receive the death penalty and... Read more

Good Samaritan Sisters in Chile apologize for sexual abuse case

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Chile on Tuesday acknowledged the complaint of sexual abuse made... Read more

Relgious sisters pray at St. Peter's Basilica.

Contemplative nuns must join federations, Vatican instruction says

The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative... Read more

Carmelite nuns.

Are religious sisters exploited by the Church? Three sisters respond

Last week, the women’s edition of a magazine distributed in the Vatican published an article claiming that religious sisters in... Read more

Pope Francis on Jan. 6, 2018.

Pray for each other, Pope Francis tells Stigmatine Fathers

In an off-the-cuff speech Saturday, Pope Francis told members of the Stigmatine Fathers that in community life, fraternity is a... Read more

School Sisters of Christ the King.  Courtesy photo.

Holy habits: what school sisters bring to the classroom

In Lincoln, Nebraska, you can tell the seasons by the habits of the School Sisters of Christ the King.  Read more

Pope Francis addresses priests and religious at the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16, 2018.

Admit your wounds and receive mercy, Pope tells Chilean priests, religious

Pope Francis said Tuesday that even amid the pain which results from sinfulness, the Church can still serve the world... Read more

Sister Crucita. Photo courtesy of Sister Beatriz.

What's the secret to 70 years of religious life? The Virgin Mary, this nun says

Sister Crucita has been a member of the Josephine Sisters in Mexico for 70 years. At nearly 100 years old,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Vocations that only seek to 'climb the ladder' are dead, Pope says

On Saturday, Pope Francis told Colombia's priests and religious that vocations come from a variety of different backgrounds and flourish... Read more

An Indian woman became a nun...because of elephants?

Nine years ago, Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India suffered the worst attacks against Christians in modern times... Read more

This cloistered nun got her doctorate in aerospace engineering

A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for... Read more

Sister Candida Bellotti celebrates her 110th birthday.

Nun who received birthday greeting from Pope Francis dies at 110

Sister Candida Bellotti, thought to be the oldest nun in the world, died Saturday at the age of 110.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master on May 22, 2017.

Pope Francis to nuns: Your joy can change the world

Women who are consecrated to God live “the prophecy of joy,” and this authentic joy is their most credible witness,... Read more

Photo courtesy of Esmeralda Gutierrez.

Mexican beauty queen makes 'radical' move to religious life

Esmeralda Solís Gonzáles is a young Mexican woman who was crowned last year as a beauty queen in her native... Read more

Six sisters from the Institute of Allied Discalced Carmelites of the Holy Trinity currently living and working on the St. John Paul II Center.

Mexican nuns of new order open first US convent in Denver

It seems providential that a new order of Discalced Carmelite nuns, whose charism is to know and to make known... Read more

Mali bishops plead for kidnapped nun's release

The Catholic bishops of Mali are asking the general public to help secure the release of a nun who was... Read more