Pope Francis expressed his intention of the Pope’s World Wide Prayer Network with The Pope Video, which on this occasion is for the mission of religious and consecrated women.
Francis exhorts nuns to “keep working and to have an impact with the poor, with the marginalized, with all those who are enslaved by traffickers.”
“What would the Church be without religious sisters and consecrated laywomen?” the Pope asks, and we ask ourselves, what would the Laudato Si’ Movement be without the thousands of consecrated women who are behind it, caring for creation and carrying our message?
Religious and consecrated women occupy a fundamental place in the Laudato Si’ communities that are developed in the different chapters. For this reason, in February we join the Pope’s intention: “Let us pray for religious sisters and consecrated women, thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.”
In line with the message he has reiterated on countless occasions throughout his pontificate, Francis asks consecrated and religious women to focus their apostolic work on advocacy, highlighting their commitment at the grassroots: among indigenous peoples, with street children, in villages where there is a lack of food and medicine, among migrants and the unemployed, with victims of trafficking.
This edition of the Pope Video had the support and collaboration of the Union of International Superiors General (UISG), which brings together more than 1,900 religious congregations. According to statistics published by Fides in 2021, there are more than 630,000 women religious worldwide.