Vatican City, Dec 7, 2016 / 14:06 pm
A new association for women working in the Vatican announced Wednesday provides a personal and professional network for women to offer support to each other and to the community.
Called simply “Donne in Vaticano,” or “Women in the Vatican,” a Dec. 7 communique said the association “intends to create a network of friendship, exchange and solidarity among all for personal and professional growth.”
President of the association and Vatican journalist Tracey McClure said members of the association believe women “are a valuable resource” and should be “valued in the workplace and in all areas of life and activity within the Vatican.”
“Putting (Women in the Vatican) together over the past 4 years or so has introduced me to some highly intelligent, competent and creative women.”
You can’t help but admire their “love for their jobs, their dedication to the Pope and their determination to help others – all the while balancing family and social commitments,” she said.
Citing research by Gudrun Sailer, a fellow employee of Vatican Radio and author of three books on women in the Vatican, McClure said there are about 750 women who currently work at the Vatican, or 19 percent of the total Vatican workforce. It’s “an upward trend,” she said.
According to Sailer, most of the women working in the Vatican are academics and the percentage of women currently working in the curia is particularly high, historically considered.
The association is open to all women who do or have worked for the Vatican City State, the Holy See, and related institutions – whether secular or religious.