Vatican Panel to Study Alienation of Women

Violence against women, cultural pressures regarding physical appearance, and alienation of women from the Church are themes the Pontifical Council for Culture is set to explore.

Vatican Report on US Women Religious Life Due This Week

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the U.S. will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16. The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders of women’s congregations were […]

Women Urged to Stay Informed on Issues

Catholic women were encouraged to be “good stewards of religious liberty” when the Brooklyn Diocesan Council of the National Council of Catholic Women held its 48th biennial convention.

Pope Wants Greater Role for Women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Women should play a greater role in society and the Church without sacrificing their essential attention and contribution to their families, Pope Francis said. Women’s distinctive skill sets and sensibilities make them invaluable not only for building “peace and harmony” in families but for all of humanity, too, he said. The […]

Pope Rejects Marxist Label; Says ‘No’ to Women Cardinals

by Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In another wide-ranging interview with an Italian journalist, Pope Francis denied he was a Marxist but said he took no offense at the label; dismissed the notion of women cardinals; and reflected on Christmas as an occasion of joy, tenderness and hope. The pope made his remarks […]

Women See Church as Open to Inclusiveness

After private meetings with prefects of Vatican congregations and presidents of pontifical councils in late October, six Catholic women philanthropists came away hopeful and encouraged, because they felt an openness to including more women in advisory and other roles in the Catholic Church. Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, […]

Women Religious Ask Pope for Day of Prayer

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the pope to raise greater awareness in the Church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting. “The pope was very interested in our […]

Pope Francis passes a Legion of Mary sign in Italian as he greets the crowd after celebrating Mass in honor of Mary in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 13. The pope entrusted the world to Mary at the end of the Mass.

Pope Warns About Restricting Role of Women in the Church

by Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis said women’s “vocation and mission” today remain essentially connected to their capacity for motherhood but warned against unjustly restricting their participation in the Church or civil society on that basis. “Many things can change and have changed in our cultural and social evolution, but the […]

Pope: Women Religious Are Very Much Needed

by Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women’s orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the Church. “What would the Church be without you?” the pope told the women. […]