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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

Sister Candida Bellotti celebrates her 110th birthday.

Nun who received birthday greeting from Pope Francis dies at 110

Jun 2, 2017

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

May 23, 2017

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

Apr 30, 2017

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

Apr 19, 2017

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

Apr 2, 2017

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

Pope Francis greets a local priest during his visit to the

Don't fret about numbers, but your mission, Pope tells Milan religious

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

During his daytrip to Milan Saturday, Pope Francis told the diocese’s priests and religious not to fear the challenges that... Read more

Sister Candida Bellotti celebrates her 110th birthday.

This 110-year-old nun got birthday greetings from Pope Francis

Feb 23, 2017

She is one of the oldest religious sisters in the world, but this week, she turned 110 years young.   Read more


World's oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

Feb 21, 2017

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at... Read more

Who took religious vows last year? Over 200 Americans.

Feb 4, 2017

There were 216 Catholic women and men religious who took perpetual vows in the U.S. in 2016, and an annual... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass for the Presentation of the Lord at St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2017.

You are called to be leaven, Pope tells consecrated men, women

Feb 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Everyone, but especially consecrated men and women, Pope Francis said Thursday, are called to be leaven in the world, bringing... Read more

The shocking Nebraska law that barred a nun from teaching

Jan 18, 2017

Sister Madeleine Miller’s efforts to substitute teach in a Nebraska public school ran afoul of a century-old law that left... Read more

This Dominican sister just celebrated her 110th birthday

Jan 10, 2017

The Dominicans have posted on their social media a greeting for the 110th birthday of Sister Marie Bernadette, “the oldest... Read more

A rare glimpse into the lives of Thailand's Red Nuns

Dec 27, 2016

An American group of cloistered nuns has opened a new monastery to bring their contemplative spirituality to the northeast of... Read more

Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Square , Jan. 28, 2016.

Why I wear the habit – a nun's reflection on religious life

Dec 26, 2016

By Ann Schneible

As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how... Read more

How to celebrate Christmas with Benedictine nuns

Dec 4, 2016

By Carl Bunderson

As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of... Read more

Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2016.

Nun killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

Dec 2, 2016

A nun in the Democratic Republic of Congo was murdered earlier this week by unknown suspects in an apparent robbery,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Oct. 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Society of Jesus.

Be 'men for others', not wrapped up in clericalism, Francis tells Jesuits

Oct 24, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bringing all people the lasting joy of the Church should be the focus of their service, Pope Francis told representatives... Read more