A quote from Pope Francis:
"Dear contemplative sisters, without you what would the church be like, or those living on the fringes of humanity and ministering in the outposts of evangelization? The church greatly esteems your life of complete self-giving. The church counts on your prayers and on your self-sacrifice to bring today’s men and women to the good news of the Gospel. The church needs you!"
-- Apostolic Constitution, Vultum Dei quaerere, "Seeking the face of God," July 22, 2016
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