The pope's prayer intention for the month of February is for religious sisters and consecrated women.
The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.
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.
“Let us not forget that a faith that is not inculturated is not authentic," Pope Francis said.
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.
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.
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.
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.