Vatican offers US nuns olive branch

2014-12-16 17:35
Two nuns leave the Vatican news conference. (AP)

Two nuns leave the Vatican news conference. (AP)

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Vatican City - The Vatican is going out of its way to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor while gently suggesting ways to survive amid a decline in their numbers.

A long-awaited report on the Vatican's three-year investigation into US women's religious orders was released on Tuesday and was remarkable for what it didn't say. There was no criticism of American nuns, no hard recommendations to shift focus away from social justice issues and no condemnation that a feminist mentality prevails among them.

Rather, the report was remarkably positive and encouraging. It offered a radically different message in content and tone compared with that of another Vatican office investigating a group of the sisters' leaders.

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