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Pope Francis meets with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco in Rome on Oct. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis asks religious sisters to pray for him: 'It is not easy to be the pope'

Oct 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. Read more

Sister Monica Chikwe, vice president, Slaves No More

Meet the Catholic nuns leading the fight against human trafficking

Oct 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

When a 26-year-old Nigerian girl was first forced out on the streets of Italy by her traffickers, she was told:... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Polish bishops' conference.

Polish bishops recall service of priests, nuns during Warsaw Uprising

Aug 7, 2020

Commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis, the Catholic bishops of Poland released a reflection on... Read more

Potential postulants wait and see as COVID puts convent plans in question 

Apr 30, 2020

By Mary Farrow

If everything were going according to plan, Jessica would be entering the convent on August 22.  Read more

We March with Selma. Via Flickr CC BY NC 2.0.

The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King

Jan 20, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Last year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day marked the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun... Read more

The nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in Burton, Ohio, with Bishops Milan Lach and John Kudrick, following a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Sept. 30, 2019.

Ruthenian women's community established as eparchial monastery

Oct 4, 2019

By Carl Bunderson

The Ruthenian Bishop of Parma last week erected Christ the Bridegroom Monastery as a female monastery sui iuris of eparchial... Read more

Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak.

Polish nun who helped saved Jews during Holocaust dies at 110

Nov 21, 2018

Believed to be the “oldest nun in the world,” Polish Dominican nun Sister Cecylia Maria Roszak has died at the... Read more

Rodney Earl Sanders. Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Murdered nuns' opposition to death penalty leads to life in prison for killer

Jun 22, 2018

A man convicted of the 2016 slayings of two religious sisters in Mississippi will not receive the death penalty and... Read more

Relgious sisters pray at St. Peter's Basilica.

Contemplative nuns must join federations, Vatican instruction says

May 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative... Read more

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

Once on the verge of closing, Italian monastery sees vocation revival

May 10, 2018

The investiture of Sister Maria Vittoria della Croce last month marked the first ceremony of its kind to be held... Read more

Tiwi children.

How one nun's lifelong service changed Australia's Tiwi community

Mar 13, 2018

By Elise Harris

For Sr. Anne Gardiner, a 62-year-long mission serving Australia's remote Tiwi indigenous population began with one simple instruction: “Love them.”  Read more

Carmelite nuns.

Are religious sisters exploited by the Church? Three sisters respond

Mar 7, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Last week, the women’s edition of a magazine distributed in the Vatican published an article claiming that religious sisters in... Read more

Reported message from kidnapped nun calls on Pope for help

Jan 30, 2018

A reported video message from a Colombian nun kidnapped almost a year ago in Mali appeals to Pope Francis for... Read more

Wild West Ghost Town.

Nuns, guns and the Wild West: the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Jan 25, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely... Read more

How a nuns' home is helping girls freed from sex trafficking

Jan 11, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The numbers are staggering. Each year in the U.S. alone, some 300,000 minors are victims of sex trafficking.    Read more

Venerable Henriette DeLille. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

Dec 22, 2017

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life... Read more

Italian nun helps brides say 'yes' to the dress

Dec 22, 2017

Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to... Read more

Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring.

'Tis the season: Dominican Sisters climb charts with new Christmas album

Oct 28, 2017

Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows... Read more

Why your 'sexy nun' Halloween costume isn't funny

Oct 23, 2017

By Mary Farrow

In 2015, the president of the University of Louisville issued an official apology, after a photo depicting him dressed in... Read more

English nuns offer free meals – but there's a catch

Oct 19, 2017

A group of religious sisters are offering free meals in a trendy neighborhood of London, but on one condition: the... Read more