International Women's Day

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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on March 10, 2024.

Pope Francis: We have a duty to help women accept the gift of life

Mar 10, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that governments and civil society have a fundamental duty to help ensure that women are able... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Argentine pilgrims on Feb. 9, 2024, ahead of the historic canonization of the county’s first female saint on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

Women are ‘builders of humanity,’ Pope Francis says in conference address

Mar 8, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

On the day before International Women’s Day, Pope Francis addressed participants of an international conference on Thursday at the Vatican.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the popemobile in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis: There is no option to be passive Catholics when it comes to evangelization

Mar 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“Every baptized person … whatever his position in the Church or level of education in the faith, is an active... Read more

President Joe Biden

Biden promotes abortion policies on International Women's Day

Mar 8, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Promoting abortion rights on International Women's Day, President Joe Biden says that "every person deserves the chance to live up... Read more

Azoo Raja.

Legal group highlights forced marriages, conversions on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Christian group marked International Women’s Day 2021 by highlighting forced marriages and conversions - an ongoing problem for millions... Read more

The Zocalo of Oaxaca City. Credit: Joseluisjuarezperez via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Feminists attack, desecrate church in Oaxaca

Mar 8, 2021

A group of feminists taking part in a women’s rights march in Oaxaca City on Sunday attacked Ss. Cosmas and... Read more

Mirreille Twayigira in Rome on March 8, 2017.

My life isn't a tragedy – a Rwandan woman's incredible story of survival

Mar 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

She begged and scrounged for food in the forest; she drank water from a stream with dead bodies in it;... Read more

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

Vatican event to highlight key role of women in peace-building

Mar 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

To mark International Women's Day, the Vatican invited women from across the globe to discuss not only their work as... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 1, 2014.

Women's day at the Vatican underscores the power of mercy

Mar 8, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The concept of mercy is not easy for Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, a Filipina activist who has suffered a series of trials... Read more

Burmese members of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd celebrate International Women's Day 2015 in Yangon.

Nuns in Burma encourage empowerment of women, end to inequality

Mar 9, 2015

A community of women religious held a workshop in Burma's largest city over the weekend to mark International Women's Day,... Read more