“According to Vatican statistics released in 2019, there are close to 650,000 women religious in the world; there were more than 720,000 in 2010,” according to the report. The executive secretary of the women’s International Union of Superiors General said, “On one level, we’re perceived as diminishing, but on another level, in growing close to one another, we are mirroring a new reality that the world today needs.”