Feminine Genius

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Style and dignity woven together in 'Worthy of Wearing'

May 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

Nicole Caruso, professional makeup artist and beauty consultant, invites women to explore their feminine genius with her book Worthy of... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

The genius of woman: Redefining the strong, independent woman

Jul 27, 2018

 Today, CNA says farewell to our summer intern, Lizzy Joslyn. In her final week at CNA this summer, Lizzy offered... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the International Catholic Conference of Guiding at the Vatican, June 26, 2015.

The genius of woman: Women in the world

Jul 26, 2018

This week, CNA says farewell to our summer intern, Lizzy Joslyn. In her final week at CNA this summer, Lizzy... Read more

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato. Public Domain.

The genius of woman: Mary, a stronghold and model for women

Jul 25, 2018

Ginny Kochis never expected to feel resentment toward a child--let alone a child of her very own.  Read more

Sister Maria de Cristo and Sister Maria de Jesus of the Capuchin Poor Clares. Courtesy photo.

The genius of woman: Dignity > Sameness

Jul 24, 2018

John Paul II’s 1995 "Letter to Women" was written to praise and encourage women to embrace the beauty that God... Read more

Miriam and Veronica Miller of Golden, Colorado.

The genius of woman: Women supporting women

Jul 23, 2018

The “genius of woman” or the “feminine genius,” a phrase made popular by Pope St. John Paul II’s 1995 Letter... Read more

Women's March.

Our Time: Reflections on the Women’s Convention

Oct 27, 2017

Today, October 27, the organizers of January’s historic Women’s March are starting their convention in Detroit with the theme “Reclaiming... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the International Catholic Conference of Guiding at the Vatican, June 26, 2015.

Educate girls to the 'beauty and grandeur of their vocation' – Pope Francis

Jun 26, 2015

Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities... Read more

Woman via Unsplash.

Want women's equality? Don't downplay 'feminine genius,' Holy See tells UN

Mar 23, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

The recognition of women’s special and integral role in human progress cannot overlook the dignity of women as wives, mothers... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1, 2014.

Pope: the 'feminine genius' takes on theology's uncharted territory

Dec 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an address given to theologians, Pope Francis praised the increasing presence of women in the field, saying that their... Read more

Terry Polakovic, co-founder of Endow.

Apostolate teaches women their 'irreplaceable' value, dignity

Jun 26, 2014

In 2003, a trio of laywomen in Denver were inspired by the writings of Pope John Paul II to create... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Pope hopes for more 'widespread, incisive' feminine presence

Jan 25, 2014

Pope Francis met with a group of Italian women today, expressing his desire for women to participate more widely in... Read more

Panel participants in the 2013 Vatican women's conference.

Women are the world's 'pragmatic responders,' leader says

Oct 14, 2013

At a Vatican conference on the topic “God entrusts the human being to the woman,” global female experts discussed the... Read more