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Preview: From Confucian to Catholic nun

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Sr. Mai Thanh, 86, former provincial of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Vietnam, is now engaged in interfaith activities. A devoted daughter and poet, she was born to a Confucian family and converted to Catholicism, which her father, a government official and Confucian devotee, considered a foreign religion, especially because it banned its followers from conducting ceremonies to worship their ancestors.

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Preview: Religious Formation Conference marks 60 years of dramatic change

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Looking out a window in the tiny offices housing the Religious Formation Conference, it's hard not to notice the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters next door, towering above everything else in all its stone and glassiness.

"I'm not even sure they know we're here," Holy Union Sr. Carol Regan, associate director of the Religious Formation Conference, said with a laugh.

She was joking, but it could be true.

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