As LCWR Plans Its Big Meeting, the Number of Nuns Continues to Decline

LCWR

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) will hold its annual meeting this week (August 12-16) in Nashville--and they've got some difficult issues to discuss. Michael Lipka, writing for the Pew Research Center, reports that the meeting comes at a time when the LCWR continues to draw scrutiny from the Vatican, while the number of women religious continues its dramatic decline. Lipka explains: While the church’s specific concerns with the nuns are complex, a few major areas were hi … [Read more...]

Mamma Mia! Nun Scores a Hit on Italy’s “The Voice” – UPDATED

The Voice

Go into all the world, said Jesus.Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old Ursuline Sister of the Holy Family from Milan, Italy has taken that directive to heart.  The talented religious won a standing ovation on the blind auditions for The Voice 2, Italy's popular talent show.All four of the judges pushed the button that turned their chairs around to face the stage; and their shocked expressions upon seeing a Catholic nun belting out the lyrics of Alicia Keys' "No One" were priceless. * … [Read more...]

St. Cajetan, Patron of the Unemployed and of Job-Seekers

St Cajetan

Well, today's saint is someone to admire (and to emulate!) on many counts.Cajetan  dei Conti di Tiene (1480 - 1547), the Italian priest whose feast day we celebrate today, might have some advice for young high school and college students today:  The saint earned a doctorate in civil and canon law by the age of 24.Cajetan understood diplomacy:  While still a lay person, he began service as a diplomat for Pope Julius II in 1506.  He continued in that role even after his ordination ten years … [Read more...]


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