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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

Two nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi

Aug 25, 2016

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

Jul 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Jul 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 27, 2016

By Ursula Murua

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.

Jun 9, 2016

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

May 20, 2016

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

Feb 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Feb 2, 2016

By Ann Schneible

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

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

Feb 1, 2016

By Ann Schneible

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

Nov 28, 2015

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

Nov 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

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

Jul 9, 2015

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

Jul 8, 2015

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

Jun 6, 2015

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

May 18, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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