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US: number of religious sisters declines by over 2,000 in one year

Catholic World News - November 29, 2012

The number of religious sisters in the United States fell from 57,113 to 55,045 in a one-year period, according to data in the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Official Catholic Directory.

During the same period:

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Dec. 02, 2012 6:46 PM ET USA

    The bright spot in these numbers is disconcerting. There might be a message in all this, and it is unsettling how it coincides with the Liturgy of the Word for this Sunday and last. In the course of human history declines in population have not been good things. This necessarily carries over to the priesthood as the role of the priest is absolutely essential to life in the Church. There are those who disagree, and there is an organized effort to effect changes they view as inevitable.

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