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Sisters ask for prayer, fasting to support LCWR dialog

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One of the largest groups of U.S. Catholic sisters has asked its members to join in prayer and fasting in an effort to support dialog between American sisters and three bishops appointed by the Vatican to oversee their work.

The statement, which came after a November meeting of the leaders of the 16 congregations of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, asks the federation’s some 5,500 sisters and their nearly 3,000 lay associates to choose at least one day a week to dedicate to the effort.

Christian witness to violence and death in Mexico

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The cartel came and had her boy shoot their friends. Then they gathered them all, dismembered those who were shot, took them to a landfill and dumped them. The mother was alive and had to walk through the dismembered parts; she cried out to see if anyone else was alive. Her son, the one who was forced to kill his friends, is now in a mental institution and may never recover.

LCWR officers, Vatican-appointed overseers to meet Sunday

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The leaders of the group which represents the majority of U.S. Catholic sisters are to meet Sunday with three U.S. bishops appointed by the Vatican to oversee their organization.

Four officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents some 80 percent of women religious in the U.S., will meet with Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain, Springfield, Ill., Bishop Thomas Paprocki, and Toledo, Ohio, Bishop Leonard Blair.

Could the apostolic visitation report be coming soon?

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NCR reported last week that Archbishop Joseph Tobin, reportedly an ally of American nuns, is moving from the Congregation for Religious in Rome to become archbishop of Indianapolis.

But buried in an analysis of that move by John Allen is the most interesting sentence of all: "One test of whether Tobin's departure signals a sea change should come when the Congregation for Religious releases its final report on the apostolic visitation, which is expected soon."

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