Pope Francis to religious: “Wake up the world!”

The Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta’ Cattolica offers an account of Pope Francis’s recent meeting with 120 superiors general of men’s religious orders in late November. CNS has highlights:  While you can access the full 17-page article in English, Spanish or Italian at the journal’s website, here is a sampling of some of our favorite excerpts (CNS translations of [Read More...]

A first: monastery for the Anglican ordinariate to be founded on January 1

Details from the Catholic Herald in the U.K.:  The first monastery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be founded on New Year’s Day, it was announced today. On January 1 2014 the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary will formally become the first autonomous monastery within the Personal Ordinariate of Our [Read More...]

Missing nuns surface in video, deny being kidnapped

From Reuters:  A group of nuns who went missing in Syria after Islamist fighters captured a Christian village this week have appeared in a video, saying they are in good health and denying that they had been kidnapped. The nuns were taken after militants seized the ancient quarter of Maaloula, a Christian village north of [Read More...]

Syrian rebels kidnap nuns

From the Associated Press:  The mother superior of a Syrian convent says 12 nuns have been abducted by opposition fighters and taken to a rebel-held town. Febronia Nabhan, Mother Superior at Saidnaya Convent, said Tuesday that the nuns and three other women were taken the day before from another convent in the predominantly Christian village [Read More...]

Vatican says more than 2,600 religious leave their orders every year

Details:  According to figures compiled by the Vatican, more than 2,600 priests and consecrated female religious leave their orders every year – and the office that oversees religious life has cited lack of fidelity to the Church’s sexual teachings and disagreement over the reservation of priestly ordination to men as a leading reason. In all, [Read More...]

Redemption: Sister Mary Sean’s remarkable ministry to ex-convicts

  Photo: Tony Avelar/Christian Science Monitor From the Christian Science Monitor:  In the soft light of early evening, the smell of curried chilies wafts through the screen door of this two-story, Craftsman-style house in a tidy section of South Los Angeles. As bicycle bells jingle and ice-cream trucks pass by, four men sit in rockers, telling [Read More...]

Inspiring: 22-year-old cancer survivor joins the convent

A beautifully rendered story of survival and faith, from CNS and videographer Tyler Orsburn.  Take a look.  Keep this young woman in your prayers! The Dialog in Wilmington published this profile of the postulant: Up until a few weeks ago, Iliana Maldonado was a typical 20-something in the United States. She had a steady job [Read More...]

To life: meet the sisters who minister on death row

Sister Camille D’Arienzo. Photo by Uli Seit for The New York Times Jim Dwyer in the New York Times offers this glimpse at two women religious—including an FOB (Friend of the Bench) from Brooklyn—ministering on death row. Details:  This week, trailing a group of men walking through a prison, Sister Helen Prejean overheard bits of [Read More...]

Nuns disappearing from the Catholic school system

It’s a phenomenon that’s been developing for a while. Now, the Norfolk Daily News in Nebraska takes note of what’s happening in their corner of the country: Twenty-five years ago, having a nun for a teacher or principal was as common to Catholic schools as daily prayer. Few were better at building morals and character, [Read More...]

Family affair: the five sisters who became Sisters

An amazing saga, from the Louisville Record:  Sister Mary Emily Burks, a Louisville native who died last month at age 92, was one of five siblings who, in the 1930s and 40s, joined the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore, Maryland. The sisters grew up as members of St. Augustine Church at 13th Street and West Broadway near downtown [Read More...]