Vatican City, Mar 15, 2021 / 08:05 am
Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are needed in the renewal of society and the economy.
“Women urgently need help with childcare, and should not be discriminated against in terms of pay and advancement, or with the loss of their work as women,” the pope states in a book-length interview to be published March 16.
“Rather, their presence is increasingly precious at the center of the processes of social, political, occupational and institutional renewal.”
The pope pointed to the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in the “rebirth of humanity,” and said that women should be given the space to help bring about a better future.
Pope Francis said that women -- if given more support -- can make a “decisive contribution to the reconstruction of the economy and of the society to come because women make the world beautiful and make contexts more inclusive.”
“As we are all trying to rebuild, we cannot overlook the fact that the rebirth of humanity began with a woman. Salvation was born from the Virgin Mary, which is why there is no salvation without a woman,” he said.
The pope also underlined the vital importance for children to spend time and learn from their parents.
“Playing with his father and mother, the child learns to be together with people, learns the existence of rules and the need to respect them, and acquires that self-confidence that will help him in the moment of launching himself into the external reality, into the world,” Francis said.