CCC 922 From apostolic times Christian virgins1 and widows2, called by the Lord to cling only to him with greater freedom of heart, body, and spirit, have decided with the Church’s approval to live in the respective status of virginity or perpetual chastity “for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.”3
1 Cf. Cor 7:34-36.
2 Cf. John Paul II, Vita consecrata 7.
3 Mt 19:12