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visibility’ that makes clear a public articulation of the distinctiveness and particularity of religious life. 139 The issue of visibility remains contentious within the Church. 140 As discussed in Chapter 4 , religious life up until the 1950s and 1960s suppressed personal identities in order to retain a focus on a corporate identity. National identity was a key target for suppression, as this example from the 1957 short history of the Poor Clares in Notting Hill implies: ‘There are also Sisters of many nationalities and once the Sister enters the Community, she leaves

in Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age