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Pope Francis meets with consecrated men and women at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 1, 2016.

The 'terrorism of gossip' destroys communities, Pope warns religious

Christ-like obedience, the “terrorism of gossip”, and hope for future vocations were some of the themes Pope Francis addressed during... Read more

Three religious sisters attend Mass for the martyrs of Uganda on Nov. 28.

Pope Francis’ three words for Ugandan religious: Memory, fidelity and prayer

Pope Francis wrapped up his public appearances in Uganda with an address to the priests, religious and seminarians of the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to priests, religious and seminarians at St. Mary's school in Nairobi Nov. 26, 2015.

Pope off-the-cuff to priests, religious: indifference makes God vomit

Pope Francis tossed his prepared remarks aside for a meeting with Kenyan priests, religious and seminarians, telling them that if... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds at the airport of La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015.

Let us be grateful witnesses of God's mercy, Pope says

Christ gave sight to a blind beggar whom others ignored. For Pope Francis, this bears an important lesson for Christians... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the crowds gathered at the Quito Cathedral in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

'Remember your roots': Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo, where Pope Francis met with priests, religious, and seminarians, June 6, 2015.

Pope Francis: A consecrated person who doesn't forgive isn't needed

Moved by the testimony of two priests and a religious sister who endured atrocities during the Bosnian War, Pope Francis... Read more

Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican... 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

A religious sister at the Beatification of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope Francis: Vocations are about quality, not quantity

Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in address to religious formators on Saturday at the... Read more

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

Power of prayer: Contemplative cloisters coming to Crimea?

It’s been one year since fighting broke out in Ukraine. The death toll has surpassed 6,000. Almost 1 million people... Read more

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to release new album for Easter

Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new... Read more

Who's entering religious life these days?

U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the... Read more

Pope Francis.

Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity,... Read more

Sister Maria of Nazareth, who moved to Aleppo, Syria, two months ago to minister to local Christians.

Despite persecution, Year of Consecrated Life celebrated in Syria

Despite persecution and threats faced by the Catholic faithful in Syria, religious communities in the war-torn country have continued their... Read more

Mother Maria Goretti Lee's community of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Wednesday audience on Oct. 2, 2013.

Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid 'theoretical poverty'

Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to... Read more

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speak with journalists during a Jan. 31, 2014 press conference

Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope... Read more

A resident and a sister arrange flowers at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Mullen Home in Denver, CO in this undated file photo.

Consecrated life is a gift from God, Pope reflects

Pope Francis spoke emphatically about the importance of religious life during his Sunday Angelus message.  Read more

Student debt delays some Americans from religious life

About ten percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed... Read more

Women religious.

Pope to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life

At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating... Read more