TIMELINE: The long and contentious duel between Rome and American nuns

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(RNS3-FEB03) Sister Marybride Ryan sings with other Grand Rapids Dominican nuns during their Sunday service. The order had as many as 856 members in 1966; today, there are just 267. For use with RNS-NUNS-FUTURE, transmitted Feb. 3, 2009. Religion News Service photo by Adam Bird/Grand Rapids Press.

(RNS3-FEB03) Sister Marybride Ryan sings with other Grand Rapids Dominican nuns during their Sunday service. The order had as many as 856 members in 1966; today, there are just 267. For use with RNS-NUNS-FUTURE, transmitted Feb. 3, 2009. Religion News Service photo by Adam Bird/Grand Rapids Press.

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(RNS) Starting in 2008, the Vatican wanted to make sure American nuns were toeing the line. That inquiry ended Thursday.