The last we’d heard from the Little Sisters of the Poor was in mid-July, when the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals ruled against them, forcing the nuns to comply with the HHS abortion mandate, which compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, issued a statement in response to the court ruling:

 … we simply cannot choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. And we should not have to make that choice, because it violates our nation’s commitment to ensuring that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives. For over 175 years, we have served the neediest in society with love and dignity. All we ask is to be able to continue our religious vocation free from government intrusion.

This seems like a good place to leave this quote from President Obama this morning:

On what we believe is the plus side, Pope Francis met with the Little Sisters today.

Catholic website Crux reports the Rev. Federico Lombardi as saying “the visit was ‘connected’ to the pope’s remarks delivered earlier that day, in which the pope praised US bishops for their efforts in defending religious liberty ‘from everything that would threaten or compromise it.'”

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