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Poor Clare Colettine nuns walk back to their monastery after a funeral (CNS)

The nuns who have doctors baffled

Doctors are unable to explain why a nun’s brain fully invaded with Alzheimer’s kept functioning at a high level

Mother Marie Adele Garnier, foundress of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre OSB, also known as the Tyburn Nuns (CNS)

Mother Marie Adele Garnier claimed she saw a consecrated host bleed in the hands of a priest

Women religious gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

Attorney representing Little Sisters of the Poor is ‘optimistic’ some or all of the Affordable Care Act will be repealed

An altarpiece in St Martin’s Cathedral, Utrecht, defaced in the 16th-century

Get thee from the nunnery

The Reformation may have caused women’s religious roles to be set back centuries

Some ‘remarkably cool’ Sisters taught in Catholic schools in the 1960s (AP)

What I owe my ‘crazy’ nuns

Our nuns taught us that strong, well-organised women can run things without being bossed about by men

The Norfolk community has gained two Sisters, two novices and a postulant (Daughters of Divine Charity)

The Sisters at the Daughters of Divine Charity convent, in Norfolk, run a nursery, a care home and school

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The nuns’ order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters’ murders do ‘not demand revenge’

Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky (CNS)

A man has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill

Two Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents inspect a car in the garage of the home of two slain Catholic nuns on Thursday (AP)

The bodies of two nuns who served their community ‘faithfully for many years’ have been found at their home in Mississippi

Sisters of the Company of the Cross gathered in St Peter’s Square (AP)

Catholic women used to wield colossal power. The Pope’s commission alone can’t bring back those days