Do the American nuns have a future?

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Catholic sisters gathered at their annual assembly intensified discussions on Thursday (Aug. 9) aimed at thwarting a Vatican takeover of their group, but hanging over the meeting was an even larger, existential question: Do the nuns have a future? By David Gibson.

Photo slideshow: ‘Nun sense’ vs. ‘nonsense’

More than 200 Catholics from Kansas City, Mo., wore white and held signs to honor American nuns on Tuesday, June 19. Many attendees said they were there to support and thank the sisters, who are under a Vatican crackdown. The event was organized by local residents and the nationwide organization Call to Action, a liberal lay Catholic movement. Photos by Sally Morrow/RNS.

Young lawyer fights for social justice on her way to becoming a nun

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NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Alison McCrary's work often takes her to the streets of the city or sitting in a bar.  “People have such a misconception of what nuns are,” she says. “We're supposed to run into the world, not out of it. Our eyes are wide open, and our sleeves are rolled up.” By Sheila Stroup.