April 16, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican approved new statutes and bylaws for the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious, ending a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with church teaching.
Conference officers met April 16 with Pope Francis, the same day the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process, which included oversight for three years by a committee of three bishops.
LCWR has more than 1,500 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States.