Long before encyclical, women religious focused on the environment

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Long before Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” that ties care for earth with care for humanity was promulgated, congregations of women religious were stepping out to protect creation. Inspired by the call of the Second Vatican Council to engage the world and biblical passages on the beauty of God’s world, members of…

Religious say helping victims will entail stopping traffickers, demand

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Bringing the light of hope to ending human trafficking means confronting the brutal “darkness” of evil that is driving those who exploit others, said a number of women religious helping victims. Already “thousands and thousands of us are working in networks across the world to dispel this darkness, and it’s not…

Vatican to release report on U.S. women religious Dec. 16

The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the United States will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16. The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders of women’s congregations were to take part in the presentation,…