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Sister Frances Ridler said the programme was an ‘honest portrayal’ of religious life and would be ‘good for the Church’

Jesuits and Paulist Fathers are among the few orders who say they can pay off loans once entrants have been ordained

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

Get thee from the nunnery

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

She never had any children, but as a dormitory mistress she lavished her maternal gifts on us

Despite the pleas of her mother – and quite a few marriage proposals – Elizabeth refused to abandon her vocation

Does religious life have a future?

Many religious orders in the West are declining and ageing, but there’s actually plenty of good news as well

At Vespers the Pope also warned priests and religious in New York against ‘worldly comfort’

Forty-five women joined religious orders last year, according to official figures

Report was completed two years ago but not made public