News in Religious

Pope Francis received the Leaders of the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR).

Pope Francis received the Leaders of the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR).

by: Alberto Rossa - www.reflexionyliberacion.cl in Religious,

In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis received and spoke for an hour with the Leaders of the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious (CLAR). In an atmosphere of trust and simplicity, Francis urged the leaders of CLAR to not be afraid to continue carrying their mission to the boundaries and borders... "Courage! Advance to new horizons! Don't be afraid to take risks by going to the poor and the new emerging subjects in the continent"

MPs welcome IF campaigners at Westminster

MPs welcome IF campaigners at Westminster

by: Tablet in Religious,

Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan told the Religious their enthusiasm was needed to help win the argument on aid to developing countries. Some 57 MPs came to speak to their constituents,

Pope tells sisters the church needs them, they need the church

Pope tells sisters the church needs them, they need the church

by: Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service in Religious,

Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women's orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the church. "What would the church be without you?" the pope told the women May 8. "It would be missing maternity, affection, tenderness and a mother's intuition."

Vatican cardinal criticises the way LCWR reform was handled

Vatican cardinal criticises the way LCWR reform was handled

by: Cindy Wooden - The Catholic Herald in Religious,

The head of the Vatican’s department for religious life has said that dialogue has been missing from the Vatican-ordered reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said that should change in future.

Religious Recall Vatican II Shaped Their Vocations

Religious Recall Vatican II Shaped Their Vocations

by: Marie Elena Giossi - The Tablet (US) in Religious,

“We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe” was the theme of this year’s diocesan celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life, which drew more than 100 attendees to the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, April 27

With Pope Francis, it's prime time for Jesuits

With Pope Francis, it's prime time for Jesuits

by: Rachel Zoll in Religious,

For decades, the Society of Jesus has faced the same struggles to find priests that have plagued the wider Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Chuck Frederico says he usually heard from five a week, or fewer possible candidates. Then, last month, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica — the first Jesuit to be elected pope. The number of queries jumped to four or five each day.

Acclaimed priest remembered for a life of service

Acclaimed priest remembered for a life of service

by: UCA News in Religious,

Multi-talented and awarded priest dies in Philippines. Fr James Reuter's mass media work brought a string of awards. After some 70 years of service in the Philippines, American Jesuit priest James Reuter died at the age of 96 on Monday, following a stroke.

New President of the Union of Superiors General (USG)

New President of the Union of Superiors General (USG)

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Religious,

The new President mentioned in particular the aims which in his opinion consecrated life should strive for today: to let oneself be evangelized  to be able, in turn,  to evangelize, to seek God first of all, to be with the poor, to take seriously today's challenges that come from ecology, from the defence of human rights, and from justice and peace. 

Indianapolis archdiocese introduces Arch. William Tobin as new leader

Indianapolis archdiocese introduces Arch. William Tobin as new leader

by: Kevin Rader in Religious,

Archbishop Joseph Tobin was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The new archbishop said he is humbled to be missioned at a place where the Catholic church outdates the country. "I was quite surprised three weeks ago when I was told the Father wished me to serve in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I imagine you might have been surprised too," said Tobin.

Vatican's deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

Vatican's deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

by: Reporters in Religious,

“I was quite surprised three weeks ago when I was told the Holy Father wished me to serve in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. … Together we accept this mission and in the eyes of faith, we allow God to surprise us, because we know that God is faithful.” Since Aug. 2010, Archbishop Tobin has been secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

How nuns have become soldiers in the battle for the White House

How nuns have become soldiers in the battle for the White House

by: Patricia Montemurri - Detroit Free Press in Religious,

As the Nov. 6 election looms, these nuns have come to represent the divide among American Catholics, both in the pews and in the voting booth. Both Obama and Romney are battling for the Catholic vote, a crucial slice of the electorate that represents about 1 out of 4 voters nationwide.

Some things you may not have known about Mother Teresa

Some things you may not have known about Mother Teresa

by: David Van Blema - UCA News in Religious,

These facts and personal perspectives come from the author of 'Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint'  Mother Teresa departed this Earth on September 5, 1997. What do we know about her now that we didn’t know then?

Priest makes a difference amid Agent Orange fallout

Priest makes a difference amid Agent Orange fallout

by: UCA News in Religious,

Vietnam sanctuary for Agent Orange child victims in Ho Chi Minh City. Many of the children at Father Tu's care homes are severely disabled When Bui Anh The grinds his teeth, cries and flexes his body, a nun holds him close and pats him on the shoulder. “I love you very much,” she says.

A fact-based assessment of U.S. religious life

A fact-based assessment of U.S. religious life

by: Mary Johnson & Patricia Wittberg in Religious,

We believe that the church and the U.S. public deserve an accurate picture, devoid of distortions, ideology and fatalism, of the complex demographics of religious institutes. These demographics are among the most serious issues facing religious life throughout the universal church. 

The Nun Who Broke Into the Nuclear Sanctum

The Nun Who Broke Into the Nuclear Sanctum

by: William J. Broad - The New York Times in Religious,

Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.

Number of women joining religious orders  triples in three years in England

Number of women joining religious orders triples in three years in England

by: Francesca Gillett - Catholic Herald in Religious,

The number of women joining religious orders in England and Wales has almost tripled in the last three years, according to bishops’ conference figures. Asked if this marked the beginning of a revival for women religious in Britain Fr Richard Nesbitt, Westminster vocations director, said “something is definitely happening”.