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Thousands Support the Sisters

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As of mid December at least 3000 people had pledged to send paper Christmas cards to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in support of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella organization representing 80 percent of all U.S. nuns.  More than 2000 had pledged to communicate via web messages or Christmas cards with the three-bishop team delegated to implement a Vatican mandate against LCWR issued last April. Currently LCWR leadership is engaged in “cordial” dialogue with Archbishop Peter Sartain about contemporary religious life and what it means in the 21st century.

LCWR leadership was recently named as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Herbert Haag prize for Freedom in the Church.  It was given in recognition of U.S. sisters’ service to the poor and their “careful reflection of the signs of the times in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.”

Since last April, a historic number of signatures, letters, vigils, prayers, donations and other actions have reverberated around the country. Over 1100 people pledged to redirect some $102,000 from Peter’s Pence to a local community of women religious.  The support has meant everything to the sisters and we have reason to believe Rome has noticed. The Nun Justice Project coalition is monitoring the situation closely. A timeline of activities has been posted at nunjustice.org. Watch the website for other ways you can support the sisters!

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Winter 2013


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