On the 31st of January and the 1st of February, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA) organized a meeting with the title: Economy at the service of contemplative forms of life for Italian contemplative nuns.
The objective of the meeting, as can be inferred from its title, was to give some guidelines on the financial management of communities and monasteries of contemplative life, in the light of the principles that canonical and civil law offer.
The nature of the ecclesiastical authorities, the real estate heritage of monasteries and cultural assets, as well as the necessary transparency of accounting and balance sheets, were some of the issues addressed by different specialists in the two days.
Different liturgical celebrations accompanied the reflections, at which presided Monsignor Carballo or Monsignor Braz de Avis (Secretary and President of CIVCSVA, respectively). On the first day, as on the closing day of the meeting, the nuns attended the solemn Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at which presided Pope Francis.