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Pope Francis greets a local priest during his visit to the

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi

Two religious sisters were found murdered in their Mississippi home today, according to police.  Read more


This young postulant says 'don't be afraid' of God's calling

Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they... Read more

A young religious sister prays at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new... Read more

Sister Cecilia Maria in her final days.

These photos of a dying nun went viral – and here's why

Pictures of a young Argentinian nun – smiling and serene though dying from a devastating battle with cancer – have... Read more

Young nuns? It's a trend.

There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey... Read more

  Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square, April 2, 2016.

Pope Francis clarifies question on diocesan religious institutes

Pope Francis issued a binding clarification of a question regarding Canon Law and the establishment of new diocesan Institutes of... Read more

These pop-singing nuns rocked Pope Francis' Juarez Mass

After taking the Internet by storm last fall with their hit “Confia en Dios,” this group of singing sisters was... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at St. Peter's Basilica for the Presentation of the Lord, closing the Year for Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016.

Be thankful – Pope Francis' message at end of Year for Consecrated Life

Pope Francis presided over Mass on Tuesday for the conclusion of the Year for Consecrated Life, reminding religious men and... Read more