Women Religious Have Key Role in Synod Process, Pope Francis Says

Women religious have an essential role in the process of creating a more synodal church and in preparations for the Synod of Bishops, not just through their prayers and participation, but also by listening to people not usually part of such church activities, Pope Francis said.

Woman Religious Honored as One of International Women of Courage

Comboni Sister Alicia Vacas Moro, a Spanish missionary sister and registered nurse, was one of 14 women to receive this year’s International Women of Courage Award, an annual honor from the U.S. Department of State for women who have demonstrated leadership in their human rights work.

Day of Prayer With and For Contemplative and Cloistered Religious

Pope John Paul II established Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”) in 1997 as a way to provide spiritual and material support to “the church’s vanguard,” whose silent, separated life serves as “a leaven of renewal and of presence of the spirit of Christ in the world.

Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Keep Refugee Resettlement Program

Several women’s religious orders, individual women religious and Catholic organizations such as Pax Christi and Jesuit Refugee Service were among more than 500 religious leaders and groups who signed an Aug. 23 letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration not to go through with plans to possibly end the country’s refugee resettlement program.

Pope Names Women as Full Members of Congregation for Religious

Pope Francis named six superiors of women’s religious orders, a consecrated laywoman and the superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to be full members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.