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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

Photograph: Toni Greaves

A photographer has created a beautiful tribute to the ‘radical love’ of women living eremitical lives

Flowers, candles and messages are placed on the city hall entrance close to the home of Fr Jacques Hamel (AP)

French prosecutors have named Adel Kermiche, 19, as one of the two attackers who stormed a church and killed Fr Jacques Hamel

A nun uses a tablet to take pictures of Pope Francis in 2015 (AP)

The Pope said smartphones and computers offer ‘useful help’, but should not ‘become an obstacle’

The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new document

Nuns watch as a team of experts begin renovation of Jesus's tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City (AP)

A team of experts began a historic restoration project in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Monday