December 16, 2013

During a three-hour meeting with 120 superiors general of men's religious orders, Pope Francis said the church would make consecrated life its focus in 2015.

Consecrated men and women "can wake up the world," the pope told members of the Union of Superiors General Nov. 29, at a closed-door meeting during which he listened to the superiors and responded to their questions.

The Vatican did not release a transcript of the pope's remarks but issued a communique outlining the topics discussed, summarizing some of the pope's points and including a few direct quotations.