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Sister Prejean: Let Inmate Have Final Human Touch

John Henry Ramirez deserves to have pastor present at Texas execution, she writes

(Newser) - Sister Helen Prejean, the Catholic nun made famous by the book and movie Dead Man Walking, is making a public appeal on behalf of a death row inmate in Texas. In a New York Times essay, Prejean argues that the state should grant the request of John Henry Ramirez that...

Gambling Nun Who Stole $835K Is 'Very Remorseful'

Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was suffering from mental illness, lawyers say

(Newser) - Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, the California nun who embezzled $835,000 from a Catholic elementary school to fund a gambling habit, is "very remorseful," her lawyers say. The 79-year-old agreed to plead guilty this week to federal charges that could send her to a federal prison for up...

Nun Embezzled $835K to Fund Gambling Habit

Mary Margaret Kreuper could get 40 years

(Newser) - A Los Angeles nun who took a vow of poverty has agreed to plea guilty to federal charges for stealing more than $800,000 to pay for a gambling habit, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, was charged Tuesday with one count of wire fraud and one count of...

Nun Kneels Before Troops: 'Shoot Me Instead'

Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng emerges as a hero in Myanmar

(Newser) - Her name is Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, and the Catholic nun is emerging as a hero in Myanmar's deadly unrest . On Monday, the 45-year-old knelt in front of soldiers about to crack down on protesters in the city of Myitkyina and pleaded with them to hold fire, reports...

'We Had Six Women Die in 48 Hours'
'We Had Six Women
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'We Had Six Women Die in 48 Hours'

A COVID outbreak claims the lives of nine Michigan nuns

(Newser) - A COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan has claimed the lives of nine nuns, CNN reports. The women, who were living at the Motherhouse campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, ranged in age from 81 to 94 and died between Jan. 11 and Jan. 26. Most were at high risk due to...

COVID-19 Kills 8 Nuns at Retirement Home in a Week

Other residents have tested positive, order says

(Newser) - Eight nuns living at a retirement home for sisters in suburban Milwaukee died of COVID-19 complications in the past week—four of them on the same day, according to the congregation that runs the home. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province said other sisters who live at...

COVID Went Through Convent 'Like Wildfire'

Convent in Livonia, Mich., loses 13 nuns to virus

(Newser) - In what "may be the worst loss of life to a community of women religious since the 1918 influenza pandemic," a Roman Catholic convent in Livonia, Mich., says it has lost 13 of its nuns to COVID-19. CBS News reports that's 22% of the convent's nuns,...

Fraudster Hid for Years Among Nuns. Then One Got Wise

Fake sister couldn't keep her story straight: cops

(Newser) - A convicted fraudster convinced nuns that she was a kind sister in need of help during two years on the run, according to police in Italy. The 47-year-old woman, who has not been named, fled Sicily after she was convicted of fraud, impersonation, and theft and sentenced in absentia to...

Pope's Shocker on Nuns: 'Sexual Slavery,' Forced Abortions

'Do we have to do more? Yes. Are we willing? Yes.'

(Newser) - A shocking first emerged from the pope on Tuesday: admission of more sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, this time of nuns at the hands of male clergy. The New York Times notes it's the first time the pontiff has publicly recognized the church's very own #MeToo issue,...

30 Nuns and 1 Priest Stuck in the Snow: Don't Come Get Us

Austrian order has been cut off from the world for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Austria tried to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall, per the AP . But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food and fuel, and they want to...

School: Nuns Used 'Forgotten' Account, Stole Up to $500K

St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif., says it's not pressing charges

(Newser) - It wasn't a noteworthy request, but what it helped reveal was significant: A family asked for a copy of a check they had paid to a California Catholic school. But when the staff at St. James Catholic School in Torrance retrieved it, they realized it had been deposited into...

Unlikely Catholic Revolt: Tiny Order of French Nuns

Tiny order threatens to renounce vows rather than accept Rome's decision to replace their leader

(Newser) - The Vatican has an unusual dilemma after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior. The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their superior general, the niece of...

In 4-Year Quest, Writer Unearths Horrors of US Orphanage
She Went to the
Orphanage at 2.
Horrible Things
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She Went to the Orphanage at 2. Horrible Things Followed

BuzzFeed News has the piece on the St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont

(Newser) - In countries ranging from Canada to Ireland to Australia, the 20th-century abuses that took place in orphanages, oftentimes Catholic ones, have been exposed. But "no such reckoning has taken place" in America, writes Christine Kenneally for BuzzFeed News . "Even today the stories of the orphanages are rarely...

Priests Assault Nuns, Pressure Abortions: Report

AP probe finds a worldwide history of abuse

(Newser) - "It opened a great wound inside of me. I pretended it didn't happen." So says a nun who claims an Italian priest sexually assaulted her while she was confessing to him about 20 years ago in Bologna. A new AP investigation finds she's not alone: Religious...

Pope Wants Nuns to Go Easy on the Tweets

Vatican urges them to use social media with 'discretion and sobriety'

(Newser) - The Catholic Church has advised its 38,000 cloistered nuns to use social media wisely and with “discretion and sobriety,” reports Newsweek and the Guardian . The admonishment was issued in a document published by the Vatican known as the "Cor Orans,” which provides additional guidance on...

Nun Involved in Katy Perry Lawsuit Collapses in Court, Dies

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was 89

(Newser) - A nun who was involved in a lawsuit with pop star Katy Perry over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles died Friday after collapsing during a court appearance, the AP reports. Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, had served the church "with dedication and love for many years,...

Nuns Say They've Had It With Being Treated Like Servants

'Until now, no one has had the courage to denounce these things'

(Newser) - In a move that both the AP and Reuters call "remarkable," an official Vatican magazine run by women is directly criticizing the Catholic Church for its treatment of nuns in its March issue. "Until now, no one has had the courage to denounce these things," says...

Woman Accused of Ripping Off Nuns' Famous Cheesecake

Cameras caught woman, daughter swiping treats without leaving money

(Newser) - New York State Police say they've charged a 48-year-old woman with stealing $250 worth of baked goods from an order of nuns known for their cheesecake. Troopers say the theft occurred last month at the Nuns of New Skete monastery in the rural town of White Creek, on the...

Irma's 'Chainsaw Sister' Had to Google Instructions

Sister Margaret Ann of Miami has become an internet sensation

(Newser) - The Florida nun who became an internet sensation when video emerged of her—dressed in full habit—wielding a chainsaw to clear downed trees after Hurricane Irma says she had to look up instructions on how to start the tool. "I actually had to Google it to find out...

'Nuns' Try to Rob Poconos Bank, Leave Empty-Handed

Cops think they were spooked by teller, not by their piety

(Newser) - Police say two women dressed as nuns attempted to rob a bank in Pennsylvania's Poconos. Authorities say the women walked into Citizens Bank near Tannersville on Monday afternoon, one brandishing a handgun, and demanded money from a teller, the AP reports. They left without taking anything, however, and a...

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