January 20, 2014

Pope Francis said he has ordered a revision of what he called outdated Vatican norms on the relations between religious orders and local bishops, in order to promote greater appreciation of the orders' distinctive missions.

The pope's words were published Jan. 3 in the Italian Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica.

"The charisms of the various institutes need to be respected and fostered because they are needed in dioceses," he said.