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Pope to meet with nuns

Pope to meet with nuns

National Catholic Reporter writes that Pope Francis will meet with the international association of women religious:

Pope Francis is scheduled to have a private audience next week with the leadership group representing international women’s congregations meeting in Rome for their triennial assembly, the group announced Friday.

About 800 of nearly 2,000 members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) are meeting in Rome through Wednesday. They will meet privately with Pope Francis before his regular Wednesday general audience.

Leaders of the sisters’ group, which announced the meeting with the pope at a pre-assembly meeting Friday, could not recall the last time a pope had met with their general membership.

Among events scheduled for the assembly is a presentation from Franciscan Sr. Florence Deacon, superior general of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in St. Francis, Wis. Deacon also serves as president of LCWR and is expected to speak about LCWR’s situation with the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation.

What US nuns said at conference:

At one point during her talk, Deacon questioned what knowledge the new pope had of the situation of the U.S. sisters, mentioning that a previous press release from the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, issued after its first meeting with Francis, had not mentioned the issue.

“This makes us wonder how much actually was brought up to the pope,” said Deacon, referring to the fact that before his election as pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I doubt if he followed us very closely when he was in Argentina,” she said. “We wonder if he was told much at all, and we assume he would have, if told anything, it would have been as written in the report of the assessment” by the doctrinal congregation.


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