News in Religious

It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

by: Myron J. Pereira, Mumbai - UCANews in Religious,

A recent report commissioned by the Conference of Religious Women in India, "It’s High Time, Women Religious speak up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church," edited by Hazel D’Lima, Cletus Zuzarte and Pallavi Xalxo, brings this out sharply. The hierarchy of the Church, the report says, is steeped in patriarchy. This contributes in no small way to its oppression of all women — but to religious sisters in particular. 

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

by: Cao Gia An, SJ - UCAN (hdgmvietnam.com) in Religious,

Religious life is a bumpy road and both the 'successful' and the 'failures' need prayers, love and support. Do you see something wrong when people compare ex-religious with the devil and ghosts? There are many unfair prejudices and blatant discrimination against former religious in Vietnamese culture.

The Way of Ignatius: A Spiritual Portrait of Dialectical Oppositions

The Way of Ignatius: A Spiritual Portrait of Dialectical Oppositions

by: Maurice Giuliani, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Religious,

Ignatius is born in 1491: Catholic Spain is completing the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula and consolidating its unity and the triumph of its faith; monarchs (and Christopher Columbus too) see themselves as invested with a divine mission. Ignatius dies in 1556 at the height of the Renaissance, which has succeeded in developing a new conception of humanity and its relationship with God.

The former marine commando who's now a Trappist abbot

The former marine commando who's now a Trappist abbot

by: La Croix International staff | France in Religious,

The Trappists at the Abbey of Notre-Dame d'Acey in eastern France can now rely on more than just divine protection after the community's recent abbatial election.The 28 monks last March elected Dom Godefroy Raguenet De Saint-Albin, a former marine commando, to be the spiritual father of their monastery, which is located about 35 miles east of Dijon heading towards the Swiss border.

The Vision and Mission of TICLA

The Vision and Mission of TICLA

by: Fr. Henry Omonisaye, CMF in Religious,

TICLA is the acronym for Theological Institute of Consecrated Life for Africa. It is a Theological Institute that will focus primarily on Consecrated Life as a form of life and vocation in the Church. We have 2 Institutes each in Europe and Asia. We think it would be important to establish one in Africa given the number of Religious Institutes in Africa and some locally founded Institutes that would require a lot of help and formation in building up their vision and charism for the good of the Church in Africa.

Patience is not a sign of weakness

Patience is not a sign of weakness

by: La Croix International staff | Vatican City in Religious,

Patience is not a sign of weakness, but the strength of spirit, pope tells religiousConsecrated men and women need to be patient and courageous to keep advancing, exploring new paths, and responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, says Francis.

Mother Teresa – the roots of a saint

Mother Teresa – the roots of a saint

by: Gëzim Alpion - The Tablet in Religious,

Mother Teresa was always clear about her identity as an Albanian-born Roman Catholic. But her near-silence about her family and private life was partly to block a painful memory. “By blood and origin I am all Albanian. My citizenship is Indian. I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the whole world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.”

The medieval monks who 'delighted in fatness'

The medieval monks who 'delighted in fatness'

by: Michael Carter - The Tablet in Religious,

Massive daily calorie intake, overconsumption of meat, fat and salt, a dearth of fresh fruit and vegetables and a falling life expectancy due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and increased vulnerability to infectious diseases. No, I’m not talking about the UK government’s renewed focus on diet, body weight and exercise brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic but a medieval monastic obesity crisis.

Authority and Abuse Issues among Women Religious

Authority and Abuse Issues among Women Religious

by: Giovanni Cucci, SJ - La Civilta Cattolica in Religious,

One issue that has not received sufficient attention so far is abuse within women’s congregations. For the most part it does not take the form of sexual violence and does not involve minors; however, this does not make it any less important or without significant consequences. From pastoral experience and from conversations we have had on the subject, it is mostly an abuse of power and conscience.

Newman’s profoundly subversive advice for Christian politicians

Newman’s profoundly subversive advice for Christian politicians

by: Jack Valero - Catholic Herald in Religious,

Is a Christian who believes that abortion is wrong in every case or that marriage can only be between a man and a woman suitable for public life today? These kinds of questions can make or break political careers, but such matters are hardly new. John Henry Newman faced them almost.

Nuns bring hope to ethnic people in Vietnam

Nuns bring hope to ethnic people in Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Dong Ha - Vietnam in Religious,

"All my services aim at expressing my deep gratitude to Catholic nuns who have helped improve the material and spiritual life of our ethnic communities for decades," he said. Supporters of the Holy Cross nuns offer education scholarships to children and, as a result, many become teachers at local public schools. 

Richard Rohr – Franciscan spirituality

Richard Rohr – Franciscan spirituality

by: Jon M. Sweeney - The Tablet in Religious,

The Franciscan friar and spiritual writer Richard Rohr discusses his new book, his recent illnesses and the prospects for reform in the Catholic Church. And What’s next for you, Richard? 

Environmentalist and member of Catholic order found dead in Peru

Environmentalist and member of Catholic order found dead in Peru

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Religious,

"Education is often accused of inciting people to understand their rights, to be capable of organising themselves to ensure their human rights. "If that's a crime, then yes, I'm guilty. As a member of a Catholic order my life's been dedicated to human and Christian education."

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

by: ucanews.com reporter, Kochi, India in Religious,

India will soon have a new saint after Kerala-born nun Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was cleared for canonization by the Vatican.  Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to publish a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of the nun, the Vatican announced on Feb. 13.

Wendy Beckett - RIP

Wendy Beckett - RIP

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Religious,

On December 26th, 2018, the family of art and the family of faith lost a cherished member. Sr. Wendy Beckett, aged 88, famed art critic, committed woman of faith, and nurturing friend to many, died.

Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett

by: Rachel Gregory-The Tablet in Religious,

Others will write of Sister Wendy Beckett, who found fame in the 1990s with her popular TV documentaries, as an art critic and public figure. This is a tribute to a woman for whom God was her very life. Born in South Africa, Sr Wendy joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a teaching order, in 1947 at the age of 16.

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Religious,

Jesuits are called upon to offer themselves to others and "take care of the world that God loves." Jesuits are called upon to live on the outskirtsin delicate situations, and "in the deserts of humanity." They may find themselves "like a lamb among wolves, but they must not battle the wolves, they must only be a lamb," never becoming like the wolves, so that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will know "where his lamb is."

 The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

by: Claire Zulkey - US Catholic in Religious,

The Nuns & Nones origin story is almost disappointingly practical. In 2016 Santa Fe-based minister Wayne Muller visited retreat centers of women religious in the Midwest shortly after he led a retreat for 25 Millennials involved in social justice work—a growing group of young adults who considered themselves spiritually oriented but not affiliated with a specific religion (aka “Nones”)