Religious Life

Pope Francis meets religious sisters at a general audience on Jan. 19, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Religious Sisters to Fight Back When Mistreated by "men of the Church"

Feb 1, 2022

The pope's prayer intention for the month of February is for religious sisters and consecrated women.

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

Pope Francis Asks Religious Sisters to Pray for Him: "It is not easy to be the Pope"

Oct 23, 2021

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

From left; Sr. Pasilisa Namukoye, ÀOSK Executive  Secretary, Sr. Mary Cecilia Njeri, ACWECA President, Sr. Hellen Badhiho ACWECA General Secretary. Credit: AMECEA

Catholic Sisters in Africa Urged to Remain True to Calling Despite Disappointments

Aug 23, 2021

Members of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) have been urged to remain true to their role models especially when Religious Life does not turn out the way they expected it to be.

Pope Francis' video message to the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR) on Aug. 13, 2021. Screenshot

Pope Francis Cautions against Misuse of Liturgy that Emphasizes on Ideology

Aug 14, 2021

“Let us not forget that a faith that is not inculturated is not authentic," Pope Francis said.

A poster announcing the Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordinate of 22 Seminarians of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). / Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans).

Stories of Blood, Sweat & Tears Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations: Spiritans’ Testimonies

Sep 25, 2020

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious.

"The Future of Religious Life in Africa" a new book with a rich collection of reflections weaved together to tell the stories of consecrated life by religious people in Africa.

New Book on Future of Religious Life in Africa Lays Bare Technology Gaps

Aug 6, 2020

As Fr. Isaac Kibombwe, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) prepares for an online retreat organized by the congregation towards the end of October, he reflects on how fast the Church has adjusted to technology thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has accelerated this adjustment.

Nun at the prayer vigil for consecrated life in St. Peter's Basilica, Jan. 28, 2016. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

Six sisters from same Italian convent have died, as coronavirus spreads among religious orders

Mar 30, 2020

Six sisters in one northern Italian convent have died of coronavirus, and nine sisters are being treated in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Italian media. Coronavirus is spreading among several religious houses in Italy.

Pope Francis prays Terce with contemplative nuns in Madagascar Sept. 7, 2019. Credit: Vatican press pool.

Perfection is Found in Small Acts of Charity, Pope Francis tells Contemplative Nuns

Sep 7, 2019

The path to holiness is made up of small, daily acts of obedience and love, Pope Francis told the contemplative nuns of Madagascar in impromptu remarks Saturday.