The following story will move Saturday as this week’s Sunday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
VATICAN-FRENCH SISTERS — VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns belonging to a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than live under a Vatican-appointed commissioner. The Vatican’s congregation for religious life has concluded that most of the Little Sisters of Marie, Mother of the Redeemer want to live as nuns “in a life of prayer and sacrifice.” But according to a summary of the church’s investigation provided to The Associated Press, the sisters live “under the tight grip” of their superior general, removed by the Vatican last year, and feel a “serious conflict of loyalty” towards her. By Nicole Winfield. UPCOMING: 900 words by 9 a.m., photos.