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Sr. Thea Bowman expected to be approved for sainthood path

Sr. Thea Bowman could start on the path toward becoming a saint in November, when the U.S. bishops are expected to approve her cause for sainthood at their biannual meeting, officials announced July 31. Four major black clergy and religious groups made the announcement July 31 along with the news that they will unite to advance the causes for sainthood for five African-American Catholics, with Bowman's expected to be added once the bishops approve.

Path to religious life varies, especially when sisters start out non-Catholic

The overwhelming majority of those pursuing vocations in Catholic religious life in the church were born into the faith. But a small, steady stream of men and women choose first to become Catholic and then, in what is perhaps an even larger leap of faith, choose religious life itself.

Indian nun accuses bishop of raping, abusing her; cleric denies charges

An Indian Catholic nun accused a bishop of raping her four years ago and then sexually abusing her multiple times over the following two years. But it was not until June 29 that the unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police of being raped in May 2014 by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.