Vatican women's magazine blames drop in nuns on abuses

Pope Francis greeting the public audience at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City, Photo Date: 5/2/2018 / Cropped Photo: mariordo59 / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / (MGN)
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VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican women’s magazine is blaming the drastic drop in the number of nuns worldwide in part on their wretched working conditions and the sexual abuse and abuses of power they suffer.  

“Women Church World” dedicated its February issue to the burnout, trauma and exploitation experienced by religious sisters and how the church is realizing it must change its ways if it wants to attract new vocations.

The magazine published Thursday revealed that Pope Francis had authorized the creation of a special home in Rome for nuns who were kicked out of their orders and all but left on the street.

It quoted a top Vatican cardinal as saying some were forced into prostitution to survive.

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