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Special news

  • Expanding the Heart

    Monasticism in Study and Practice
    Sant’Anselmo, Rome
    14 October 2019 - 15 February 2020

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  • Bulletin of AIM

    English Language Bulletin of AIM, No. 114: Trappist Monks and Nuns in the 21st Century, General Chapter 2017.

  • ‘Cor Orans’: instructions for the Contemplative Life of Women

    A document containing instructions for the Contemplative Life of Women was presented on Tuesday in the Vatican.

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    Newsletter 2018.


OSB News

Benedictine Women Chose New Leader

Every four years the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum convenes Benedictine Women from all over the world for an international symposium at Sant’Anselmo in Rome, the headquarter of the Benedictine Confederation.

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Pope Francis meets the CIB

On 8 September at 11 a.m., in the Sala del Consistoro of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum Symposium, the International Union of Benedictines.

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Annunciation Congregation

At the General Chapter of the Annunciation Congregation held in Subiaco, Italy, the capitulars elected a new abbot president.

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OCSO news


The official closing of the Mariawald Abbey (Germany) took place on September 15, 2018.

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Martyrs of Algeria

On 1st September in Rome, a meeting was held (Bishops of Algeria and Postulator) with the Superiors General or representatives of the 8 religious Congregations involved in the Cause. At the end of this meeting, it was decided that the celebration of the beatification would take place on December 8, 2018 in the basilica of Santa Cruz in Oran (Algeria).

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A heavy storm in the afternoon of Sunday 9 September in the southeastern province of Soria (Spain) caused extensive damage to the Huerta Monastery. The water from three ravines forming a single river devastated everything it encountered on its way.

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OCIST news


Fr Gereon Klaus Gschwandtner OCist, born 2 February 1967, is summoned to take receipt of a writ by 31 October 2018

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Course of Monastic Formation 2018