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Francis urges cloistered nuns to engage with the world Premium

21 May 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome
 
POPE FRANCIS has warned cloistered nuns that they should not entirely seal themselves away from the world, writes Hannah Roberts.In a private audience with Religious from the Diocese of Rome on 16 May to mark the Year of Consecrated Life, the Pope was asked by a nun about the tension between concealment and visibility in the convent. He said the religious life was God’s call “towards both the hidden life and the need to be a sign”. Stressing that convents and monasteries should keep up with world events, the Pope said: “Your vocation is not a refuge; it is going on to the battlefield … in prayer.” Francis urged nuns to be “like mothers”, merciful with sinners during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which starts in December. The model to foll




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