Pope Francis has referred to the subject of women several times during his still new but very active pontificate. It is obviously a topic that is close to his heart. For this reason, we think it is appropriate to speak about a recent event that brought over one hundred women together in the Vatican. They came from 24 countries representing every continent. The seminar took place in Palazzo San Calisto from 10 to 12 October last. It was organised by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem.
That document marked a milestone in the reflection of the Church on the dignity and vocation of women. It was in fact the first pontifical document entirely dedicated to this theme. It was published after the Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the lay faithful. During that synod, there was ample discussion on the issue of women in the Church. That is why, if we are to really understand the... Read more