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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jesuit pope offers hope to some targeted US nuns

Sister Renee Asmar of Sparkill, NY., rallies with other supporters of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious while participating in an August 2012 vigil in St. Louis. The election of a Jesuit pope devoted to the poor and stressing a message of mercy rather than condemnation has brought a glimmer of hope to American nuns who have been the subject of a Vatican crackdown.