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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."

Vatican doctrine czar on LCWR: We expect 'substantial fidelity'

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In commenting on the Vatican’s standoff with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States, the Vatican’s new doctrinal czar said today the right question is not who’s wrong, but “who respects revelation and its essential elements?"

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, 64, said he “looks with sympathy” on groups such as LCWR, but at the same time that “no group can set itself up as the source of authentic interpretation” of church teaching.

Documentary on U.S. nuns chronicles transformation into world citizens

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Mary Fishman has spent the last eight years working on the documentary film "Band of Sisters" about American women religious after the Second Vatican Council -- a project that eventually inspired her to become an associate member of the Sisters of Mercy. But did she ever consider becoming a nun?

"Not at all," the Chicago-based producer and director said with a bit of a nervous laugh. "It wouldn't have worked, because I don't get up early enough."

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