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Poor Clare cloistered nuns at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican - © Vatican Media

Pope Gives Thanks for Gift of Cloistered Communities

‘Dedicate Themselves Totally to God in Prayer, in Silence, and in Hiddenness’

Pope Francis on November 21, 2018, asked the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his General Audience to pray for the members of cloistered religious communities:

“Today, liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of Mary Most Holy in the Temple, we observe the Day Pro Orantibus, dedicated to remembering Cloistered Religious Communities: there are so many! It is an occasion all the more opportune to thank the Lord for the gift of so many persons that, in monasteries and hermitages, dedicate themselves totally to God in prayer, in silence, and in hiddenness. May these Communities not lack the affection, closeness, and support, also material, of the whole Church!”

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