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Whether Francis will address women deacons remains unknown, UISG president says

The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) will meet with Francis at the end of its May 6-10 triennial assembly, but unlike in 2016, Sr. Carmen Sammut, UISG president, said the group will not be asking Francis questions then. She said she does not know if he will address the work of the commission studying the history of women deacons during their encounter.

AmeriCorps partnership expands sisters' service and transforms members

Notre Dame Mission Volunteers-AmeriCorps is a partnership between Notre Dame Mission Volunteers, a program of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and AmeriCorps, a network of U.S. service programs. Its members serve in teaching, tutoring and other programs. They gain new skills and, often, a lifetime appreciation for service.

International Union of Superiors General advocates for women, sees influence grow

At the International Union of Superiors General's 2016 assembly, Pope Francis first announced a commission to study women and the diaconate. After three years in which UISG leaders successfully urged the Vatican to increase women's voices at synods, they are set to meet again in Rome May 6-10.

Latin American and Caribbean religious conference formalizes protocols for protection of minors

Members of the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious see this moment in the church as a celebration brought to a halt by a crisis, calling women to assume leadership and pave the way for a transformation. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which first met in November in Bogotá, Colombia, established protocols for responding to victims who come forward that each member country's religious conference can adapt to their own local civil laws.

French Catholics raise voices, demand measures to prevent further clergy sex abuse

The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.