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Vatican issues instructions for women in contemplative life

Contemplative nuns await the arrival of Pope Francis inside the ‘Santuario del Senor de los Milagros’ in Peru during his January 2018 apostolic journey (AFP or licensors)

VATICAN CITY – “Cor Orans” (“Praying Heart”) is the title of a document that provides instructions on how to apply Pope Francis’ 2016 Apostolic Constitution – “Vultum Dei Quaerere” (“Seek the Face of God”) addressed to Catholic women religious in contemplative communities.

In it, the Pope calls for  changes to be implemented in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits.

Cor Orans” was presented during a press conference on 15 May 2018 in the Holy See Press Office led by Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and by the undersecretary of the same Congregation, Father Sebastiano Paciolla.

Noting that in the world today there are almost 38,000 cloistered nuns, and for this reason the contents of the new document are interesting not only for the Church and for the nuns themselves but also for society at large, Archbishop Rodriguez Caballo explained that the document aims to “clarify the provisions of the law, developing and determining the procedures for its execution”.

The document provides precise guidelines regarding all the practical, administrative, legal and spiritual aspects pertaining to the founding and running of Monasteries for contemplative nuns.

These include detailed specifications regarding the autonomy of monasteries, the foundation and the erection of the monasteries themselves, their transferal and eventual suppression,  the need for ecclesial vigilance over the monasteries, relations with the bishop of the diocese in question,  rules and regulations regarding “the separation of the nuns from the outside world,” means of communication, the various forms of cloister including “papal enclosure”  and formation.

The official English translation of the document is available here. – Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

Document of pre-synodal meeting of young people released

VATICAN CITY – A document released by the pre-synodal meeting of young people was presented in the Vatican on 24 Mar 2018 following a weeklong meeting which was opened in the presence of Pope Francis.

The Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” will take place in the Vatican in October 2018.

Presenting the document during a briefing at the Vatican Press Office, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, explained it is one of the sources that will contribute to the preparation of the Instrumentum Laboris (working instrument) for the Synod itself.

Baldisseri also said other contributions will be provided by the Episcopal Conferences, by the Synods of the Eastern Catholic Churches and by synthesis documents resulting from listening sessions conducted in dioceses across the world.

He added that the results of the online questionnaire proposed to young people and the interventions of the international seminar on young people organised by the General Secretariat of the Synod in September 2017 will be added to all that material, as well as observations spontaneously sent in by individuals and groups from all over the planet.

Baldisseri said the document drawn up during this week is divided into three parts, preceded by an introduction: the first part deals with the challenges and opportunities of young people in today’s world; the second on faith and vocation, on discernment and on the accompaniment of young people; the third on the Church’s formative and pastoral activities.

He noted that approximately 15,300 young people from the five continents took part in the meeting – physically or virtually – representing their peers all over the world.

Baldisseri concluded saying that on Sunday, Mar 25, some of the young people who have been involved in the meeting will have the privilege of offering the document to Pope Francis himself.

Significantly, he said, the person chosen to deliver the text into the hands of the Pope is a young man from Panama, the nation that will host World Youth Day in 2019. – Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

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