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Nun praised for dissertation on sex abuse of nuns by priests

A Togolese nun has successfully defended a first-ever dissertation at a Vatican-sanctioned university on the sexual abuse of nuns by priests in the latest evidence of a problem confronting the Catholic Church in the #MeToo era

US nuns urge changes to church structure to address abuse

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.

Vatican investigates after nuns report sex abuse by priests

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, a turning point that shows the Holy See is now willing to investigate allegations of sexual violence against nuns.

No sister act: Nuns’ album tops charts in time for Christmas

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist’s third album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of Billboard’s classical chart and climbed nearly as high on the holiday chart.

Preservation project planned at rural Spokane farmhouse

When Pam Gray and her husband, Steven, bought a former Franciscan spirituality center southeast of Spokane, they thought that the property’s converted farmhouse would have to be demolished. They purchased the Clare Center and its 148-acre estate from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 2013 with plans to build a new home on an upper portion of the acreage.

Convent evacuated for Spokane brush fire

A brush fire Monday forced the evacuation of a northwest Spokane convent that serves retired nuns in need of assisted living services. About 60 people were evacuated from the Convent of the Holy Names as the brush fire advanced within 100 yards of the structure at 2911 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Vatican says US nuns must promote church teachings

The Vatican insisted after a high level meeting today that American nuns must faithfully promote age-old church teachings, after the women were accused by Rome of flouting core doctrine and taking an overly liberal “feminist” bent.

Spotlight: Holiday season offers bevy of events

The holidays are nearly upon us, with dozens of related arts events on the way. When I say dozens, that’s no exaggeration. Yet I wanted to pick out a few events and give you a start on your holiday arts planning: