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Little Sisters of the Poor evening of reflection for Advent

The Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote are holding an evening of Scripture reading, prayer and Adoration as we all await the coming of our God, Emmanuel.

Carmelites Renew Promise to Pray for Priests

Monday 14 September 2009 The Carmelite community of Haifa, Israel,  is renewing its commitment to priests: "to offer our humble supplication that you may be holy." The cloistered religious have made this renewal in a letter marking the Year for Priests, under way through next June.

Nuns Mark 12th Anniversary of Mother Teresa's Death

MotherTeresaMissionaries of Charity around the world marked on Saturday the 12th anniversary of the death of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, looking to next year's 100th anniversary of her birth.

Study Shows Example of Religious Most Important Factor

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, AUG. 20, 2009 ( Vocations in the United States are attracted to religious congregations by the example of the members, particularly by their testimony of joy, a down-to-earth attitude, commitment and zeal.

Pope's Address to Franciscan Family

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, APRIL 20, 2009 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Saturday at the pontifical residence at Castel Gandolfo, in an audience with members of the Franciscan family participating in the "Chapter of Mats."

Franciscans Celebrate 800 Years

1,800 Franciscan friars from all over the world are converging on Assisi, Italy, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of papal approval of the Franciscan rule.

Catholic Religious Communities Recieve Boost

Nearly 70 percent of Catholic religious communities have seen a jump in vocation inquiries in the past year, according to a survey conducted by, the leading online religious vocation discernment website.

Pope Benedict XVI Says Contemplatives Give Breath to World

ROME, MARCH 9, 2009 ( Contemplative communities are called to be a type of "spiritual lung" for the world, so that spiritual "respiration" is not strangled by the bustle of cities, says Benedict XVI.

Pope's Message for the World Day of Consecrated Life

popebenedictxviA Mass was held in St. Peter's Square on the 13th of February to mark the 13th World Day of Consecrated Life. The Pope delivered his message after the Mass.

Pope Benedict XVI on the Virtues of Consecrated Life

popebenedictxvi(03 Feb 09 - RV) Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the world’s consecrated men and women to model themselves on the missionary zeal and spiritual intensity of St. Paul the Apostle, as well as the contemplative excellence of the Virgin Mary.

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