Singer Katy Perry wants to buy L.A. convent, in fight with nuns, archbishop

By Maria Puente — July 30, 2015

The nuns Googled Perry’s videos — and they weren’t pleased. They want to sell to a local restaurateur.

Mother Teresa’s successor at India charity has died

By Reuters — June 23, 2015

Sister Nirmala Joshi, age 80 at her death on Sunday, expanded the Missionaries of Charity around the world from it’s Kolkata base.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Catholic journalist and longtime bishops’ spokeswoman, dies at 68

By David Gibson — April 28, 2015

NEW YORK (RNS) Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on Tuesday (April 28) after a tough battle with cancer.

Nun is named first female head of Catholic Charities USA

By David Gibson — January 12, 2015

(RNS) Sister Donna Markham will be the first female chief of Catholic Charities USA in its 105-year history.

The Vatican vs. the nuns: 3 takeaways from Tuesday’s report

By David Gibson — December 16, 2014

(RNS) The “War on Women” is over, and other conclusions from the Vatican investigation of women’s religious communities in the U.S.

Italy’s ‘singing nun’ Sister Cristina covers Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’

By Josephine McKenna — October 21, 2014

ROME (RNS) “I chose it, without any intention to be provocative or scandalous,” Sister Cristina said. “I wanted to transmit calmness and poetry.”

Declining number of U.S. nuns, even among traditional orders, charted in new study

By David Gibson — October 13, 2014

(RNS) The more liberal, socially active communities of sisters are drawing about the same number of new entrants as the more conservative, tradition-minded communities: very few.

New ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour to tackle political ‘dark money’

By David Gibson — September 8, 2014

(RNS) It’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming tour of the “Nuns of the Bus” crew, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.

Vatican’s doctrinal chief renews criticism of US nuns, says he’s no misogynist

By David Gibson — September 2, 2014

(RNS) ” … We don’t want to gobble up a woman a day!” Cardinal Gerhard Mueller told L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, in the edition published on Monday (Sept. 1).

US nuns to honor feminist theologian while keeping politics at bay

By Heidi Hall — August 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) A top Vatican official warned the nuns in April that honoring Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a longtime Fordham University professor, would be considered provoking the Holy See and U.S. bishops.

Cardinal seeks a truce in fight between U.S. nuns and Vatican’s doctrinal office

By Josephine McKenna — May 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the Vatican’s investigation into American nuns falls under the doctrinal office, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz’s congregation on religious orders is seen as more sympathetic to the sisters and has tried to serve as a peace broker in the standoff.

FULL TEXT: Nuns respond to Vatican rebuke: “Not an easy discussion”

By David Gibson — May 8, 2014

The LCWR’s frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican’s doctrinal chief: “This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding.”

Italy’s ‘singing nun’ shows that ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’

By Josephine McKenna — April 17, 2014

ROME (RNS) “In my daily life, something has changed,” Sister Cristina said. “Now people stop me in the street and thank me for the joy that I have given them with my performance.”

The earthy spirituality of ‘Call the Midwife’

By Rachel Marie Stone — March 4, 2014

‘Downton Abbey’ is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but the ‘other’ popular BBC series, ‘Call the Midwife,’ has a gritty beauty and spiritual depth that all the riches of Downton couldn’t buy.

84-year-old nun gets 35 months for breaking into nuclear facility

By Amanda Murphy — February 18, 2014

(RNS) An 84-year-old nun gets nearly three years in prison for breaking into a federal nuclear facility as the judge explains that no one is above the law.

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