There are currently 37,970 cloistered nuns in the whole world, half of whom live in Europe. Italy gathers 5,000 cloistered nuns, divided among 523 monasteries. These figures are in steady decline, …More
There are currently 37,970 cloistered nuns in the whole world, half of whom live in Europe. Italy gathers 5,000 cloistered nuns, divided among 523 monasteries. These figures are in steady decline, however, as Europe has the world’s biggest average drop in religious sisters every year (declining there by 7,960 from 2016 to 2017).
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Wave of Female Monastery Closures Hits Italy

The Dominican Monastery of the Most Holy Annunciation in the town of Marradi, Tuscany, is currently threatened with closure. (Courtesy of the …