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Pope Francis greeted Father Jean Pierre Schumacher in Morocco March 31, 2019. His martyred community was beatified in December 2018.

Pope Francis urges religious communities to charity and dialogue in Morocco

Mar 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged religious communities in Morocco to practice an “ecumencism of charity,” calling for dialogue, not proselytism, in the... Read more

Pope Francis at a General Audience in Rome, June 2018.

Pope Francis changes canon law for religious who desert the community

Mar 26, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis amended canon law Tuesday to create a new mechanism for dismissing a religious man or woman who has... Read more

Dr. Ruth Pfau at a charity; event, May 2009.

Meet the religious sister known as the ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’

Mar 1, 2019

Sr. Ruth Pfau, a German-born Catholic missionary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died Thursday at the... Read more

Religious superiors voice shame over child abuse failings

Feb 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Superiors general of men’s and women’s religious communities expressed sorrow Tuesday for sexual abuse committed within religious congregations and orders... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane in Rome, Jan. 15, 2018.

Pope says Church is working to end abuse of women religious by clerics

Feb 5, 2019

Pope Francis said Tuesday he is aware that mistreatment and abuse of religious women by clerics is still a problem,... Read more

Carmelite nuns. Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0.

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

Feb 3, 2019

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

Jan 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Oct 18, 2018

By Mary Farrow

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

Aug 9, 2018

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

Jun 22, 2018

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

May 31, 2018

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

May 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 7, 2018

By Mary Farrow

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

Feb 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Feb 2, 2018

By Mary Farrow

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

Jan 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 21, 2017

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

Sep 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

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?

Aug 16, 2017

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

Jun 7, 2017

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