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Why being a nun beats the Olympics

A CBS report asked why more and more young British women are joining religious life. That number hit a low of seven in 2004, the report noted. By 2014 it had increased to 45 – the highest number in a quarter-century. An average of 25 have joined annually in the last three years.

CBS interviewed Kirstin Holum, a former Olympic speed-skater who set junior world records and competed, aged 17, in the Winter Olympics. “To the surprise of her family and friends, Holum entered the community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in the Bronx after finishing college.” Six years later, she was among those sent to open a new convent on the invitation of the Bishop of Leeds.

Holum, now 38, said that competing had provided “a great thrill”, but it “was always a fleeting joy”. She added: “I think deep down, everyone is desiring to be great and to do something great. It’s only when you get really in touch with God’s plan for you that you really find a peace in doing the great thing, whatever it might be.”

A German study of the Argentine Pope

Der Spiegel, the left-leaning German weekly with a circulation of more than 800,000, has turned its attention to Pope Francis – and its comments are distinctly critical. In a 4,500-word report, published last Saturday, the magazine claims that there is “massive” discontent in the global Church, and not just among “archconservatives”.

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