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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington greets members of the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this year (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See FORTNIGHT-CLOSING-MASS July 5, 2016.

The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations as the reason for their departure

Cardinal Donald Wuerl (PA)

The cardinal argued that politics can be reduced to special interests unless it is guided by moral principles

Cardinal Sarah speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (CNS)

The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The justices have asked the lower courts to take another look at the issue

Pope Francis said SSPX leader Bishop Fellay 'is a man with whom we can dialogue' (AP)

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The Supreme Court building (PA)

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Bishop Campbell (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Michael Campbell said he was ‘deeply saddened’ at the news

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The Little Sisters are challenging the mandate that most religious employers must cover contraceptives through employer-provided health insurance

Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The nuns are one of several groups arguing that contraceptive mandate would oblige them to violate their consciences

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the US Supreme Court (CNS)

The trial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, legal niceties apart, is about whether or not they are free to love