Consecrated Life

Pope Francis greets a woman religious at a Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2, 2024, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Hails "immense gift" of Vocation to the Consecrated Life

May 30, 2024

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed a message to participants in a conference on consecrated religious life currently taking place in Brazil.

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at the end of his general audience on Aug. 10, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Extends Time to Appeal Dismissal from Consecrated Life

Apr 3, 2023

Pope Francis amended canon law on Monday to give members of institutes of consecrated life more time to appeal a dismissal.

Pope Francis speaking to participants of the General Chapters of three religious congregations in audience at the Vatican on July 14, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Religious Congregations to Take a “zero tolerance” Approach to Abuse

Jul 14, 2022

In a meeting with three male religious congregations on Thursday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of taking a “zero tolerance” approach to abuse.hann

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Changes Rules for Major Superiors of Religious Orders

May 18, 2022

The change allows religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission.

St. Peter holding the keys / Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis Updates Canon Law on Dismissal from Religious Institutes

Apr 26, 2022

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions.

Pope Francis says Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2022. Vatican Media

Never Lose Amazement at God's Wonders, Pope Francis Tells Consecrated Religious 

Feb 3, 2022

The amazed joy of Simeon and Anna at encountering and embracing Christ at the Temple is a virtue that consecrated religious should remember and imitate, the pope said in a homily addressed to religious brothers and sisters. 

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Pope Francis Tells Secular Institutes to Reveal God's Love by Their Lives

Feb 2, 2022

In a letter on Wednesday, Pope Francis commemorated the 75th anniversary of the first papal recognition of secular institutes, and encouraged the consecrated men and women involved in secular institutes to be “radical and at the same time free and creative, so as to receive from the Holy Spirit the most opportune way of living your Christian witness.”

Dominican Contemplative Nuns in Zambia. / Association for Members Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA)

Be Bearers of “light of hope” amid COVID-19, Zambian Bishops to Consecrated Persons

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have encouraged consecrated persons in the Southern African country to strive to be beacons of hope amid COVID-19-related challenges.