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

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

Apr 14, 2014

By Jan Bentz

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'

Mar 8, 2014

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

Feb 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Feb 2, 2014

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

Jan 28, 2014

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

Dec 2, 2013

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

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Archbishop of Brasilia, leaves Paul VI Hall.

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Nov 2, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious... Read more


Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Aug 29, 2013

Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of... Read more

Sr. Marie-Celine receives her habit at her profession as a novice, Aug. 15, 2013.

Community's love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

Aug 22, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

On the recent feast of the Assumption, a young U.S. woman became a novice with a traditional religious order after... Read more


Franciscans of the Immaculate decree worries traditionalists

Jul 30, 2013

The Vatican Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, has appointed a commissioner to oversee the Franciscan Friars... Read more


Religious orders receive $23 million for retirement aid

Jun 20, 2013

More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members... Read more

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican's religious life department

Apr 6, 2013

Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia this morning, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo,... Read more

Fiftieth Prayer for Vocations day to focus on hope

Apr 4, 2013

As the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations draws near, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources... Read more

On the Solemnity of the Ascension, Cardinal Joachim Meisner blessed the new Benedictine cloister in Tabgha.

New cloister for Benedictine monks dedicated in Holy Land

May 24, 2012

High-ranking Catholic churchmen dedicated a new cloister on May 17 at a Benedictine monastery built at the site where Jesus... Read more