Vatican Reviews Women's Religious Orders in US
DENVER (AP) -- The Vatican has begun the first comprehensive study of women's religious orders in the United States, four decades into a steep decline in the number of Roman Catholic sisters and nuns in the country.
The study, ordered by a Vatican congregation last December and announced Friday in Washington, will examine "the quality of the life'' of 59,000 members in more than 400 Catholic women's religious institutes, said Sister Eva Maria Ackerman, a spokeswoman for the study, which is called an "apostolic visitation."
"The study is really to encourage the communities, to strengthen them, to help them grow in their vitality,'' she said, adding that "women's …
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