May 12, 2016

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Pope Francis greets Sr. Carmen Sammut, a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa and president of the International Union of Superiors General, during an audience with the heads of women's religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 12. During a question and answer session with members of the IUSG, the pope indicated his willingness to establish a commission to study whether women could serve as deacons. (CNS photo / Paul Haring)

"Carrying out our ministry with the poor and the marginalized, we are often erroneously considered as social activists or as if we are taking political positions. Some ecclesial leaders would like that we might be more mystical and less apostolic. Which value is given to consecrated apostolic life, in particular that of women, from some parts of the hierarchical church?"

- UISG leaders, speaking with Pope Francis at a meeting May 12, 2016, as part of their triennial assembly in Rome

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