Feb
05

2014

Pope calls for more women in church



Speaking to an Italian women’s organization Saturday, Pope Francis expressed a desire for women to become more involved in the Roman Catholic Church.

Citing the “indispensable role” of women in society, Francis said he has been pleased to see women sharing pastoral responsibilities with priests and families, adding that he wants women to take on a role that is “more capillary and incisive” in the church. Pope Francis went further, complimenting women for their “gifts of delicacy,” including a “special sensitivity and tenderness.” He also  spoke of women in the workplace, noting their role should be expanded there as well.

“This is important, for without these attitudes, without these contributions of the woman, the human vocation would not be realized,” Francis said.

The pope was addressing the Centro Italiano Femminile (Italian Women’s Centre), a non-profit women’s association with a focus on core Christian values.



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