Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life. His own words clue us to his intent: that for the Church to grow it needs the “witness associated with attitudes which are uncommon: generosity, detachment, sacrifice, self-forgetfulness in order to care for others…. This is the witness, the ‘martyrdom of religious life’. “Religious should be men and women who are able to wake up the world”.
Pope Francis at the 82nd general assembly of the union of Superiors General in Rome, November 29, 2013