Vatican seeks to bury the hatchet with American nuns


Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, speaks with Sister Sharon Holland, center, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, at the conclusion of a Vatican press conference for release of the final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Also pictured is Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, far right, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The report did not say how many of America’s 50,000 nuns or religious institutes declined to respond to questionnaires.