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Pope visits Rome convent, praises cloistered religious life

Catholic World News - June 24, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI visited a Dominican convent in Rome on June 24, joined the nuns for the Liturgy of the Hours, and spoke about the importance of prayer of cloistered religious in the life of the Church.

The Pope told the nuns that their vocation to contemplative life is a “sublime and gratuitous gift” which makes them “living and vital members in the heart of the Lord’s Mystical Body which is the Church.” He paid tribute to the women who have "chosen to live in obscurity" in pursuit of a higher good: union with Christ.

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