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Visiting nuns venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

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

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

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

'Without the habit, Religious become almost invisible to wider society' (Photo: AP)

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

Faithful cheer as Pope Francis enters St Patrick's Cathedral (Photo: AP)

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

Religious orders have become clearer about their own identity, according to Fr Jamison (Photo:Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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

Women religious attend a meeting of the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

Report was completed two years ago but not made public

Pope Francis prays in St Peter's (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis adores Blessed Sacrament while visiting Camaldolese nuns in Rome

Sister Elizabeth, Mother Damian and Sister Juliana of the community of Poor Clare Colettines in Hawarden

A nun describes her dramatic journey from atheism to religious life

Pope Francis greets faithful from his popemobile (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis tells 800 superiors of women’s orders: ‘What would the Church be without you?’

A Sister makes her final profession (Photo: Mazur)

Last year there were 17 new recruits in England and Wales, up from six in 2009