Pope Francis told leaders of global orders of Catholic sisters that the lives of consecrated persons are a "light in the world."
Commentary: The time Cardinal João Braz de Aviz spent with women religious is a sign of good intent and a step into greater communication.
Q and A: Attempts by U.S. sisters to pursue dialogue with Vatican officials could strengthen relations with sisters globally.
The Vatican's decision to criticize the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was made without the knowledge of a key Vatican office, its leader said Sunday.
Sisters' meeting: “Serious misunderstandings” exist between Vatican officials and Catholic sisters, the LCWR president told some 800 of her global peers.
We say: The simple fact is that the women have never been able to talk with the pope directly. Why must they rely on men to convey their case?
While some sisters said the reaffirmation created a wait-and-see moment, others were discouraged. "Nothing has changed," one sister said.
Sr. M. Patrice Kerin, a Franciscan sister in Sylvania, Ohio, who served as general superior and established the health care system Franciscan Services Corporation, died April 7 after a brief illness. She was 86.
Kerin was a good debater and listener, someone who helped people discover solutions instead of giving orders herself, friends said. She exhibited Franciscan values and Irish hospitality, they said.
"She had just a wonderful way of giving you the reverence that you were the only person that was important to her at that time," Franciscan Sr. Rachel Nijakowski said.
A year ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the US sisters' work contained "themes incompatible with the Catholic faith." Pope Francis has reportedly reaffirmed the assessment.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is giving its highest honor to former president Sr. Pat Farrell, for leadership “through an exceptionally challenging time.”