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Consecrated virgins in China: A vanishing life of service

The consecrated virgins of the registered Catholic Church in Fujian during their annual retreat held in the city of Wuyishan in mid-2016. (Photo supplied)

Michel Chambon, Shanghai
China

July 26, 2017

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Sister Theresa is an unusual Catholic nun. Although everyone in her Chinese parish calls her sister, and recognizes her as a nun, she is not quite the conventional nun.

She belongs to the tradition of "consecrated virgins," which has become increasingly rare around the world and in China. [Consecrated virgins are Catholic women who choose to remain celibate for their whole lives. They do not join a religious congregation and usually work under the direction of the local bishop.]

From the end of the 17th century until today, consecrated virgins have played a very important role within the church in China.

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