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Discalced Carmelites discuss papal document on contemplative women religious

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Sister Celine of the Carmel of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Loretto, PA, talked in group discussion about the implications of Pope Francis' 2016 Apostolic Constitution "Vultum Dei quaerere" on cloistered life. The document focuses on women's contemplative life and has raised many questions about the Order's constitutions.  The nuns in the USA have asked their Superior General in Rome for help in clarifications and he has decided to come and meet with the nuns here. It is an historic gathering of Carmelites with 160 nuns from different cloisters are coming to St. Louis (many of whom have never left their cloisters) for three days of meetings.

An historic meeting among Discalced Carmelites in St. Louis in April helped the order to get a better pulse on its understanding of a papal document outlining new guidelines for contemplative religious communities.

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