'We're with you, sisters': Nuns amazed by outpouring of support following criticism from the Vatican

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More than 900 Roman Catholic nuns gathering in St. Louis, Mo., this week to discuss the future of their relationship with the Vatican were surprised to be greeted by supporters with a simple message on their signs: “We’re with you, sisters.”

"It’s utterly amazing to all of us, really," Sister Annmarie Sanders, director of communications for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, told NBC News. 

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