Women in the Catholic Church

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What challenges do women face at work? The Vatican takes a look

Dec 8, 2015

By Ann Schneible

A two-day Vatican workshop over the weekend explored the unique challenges faced by women as they balance work with family... Read more

Man and woman.

Men and women are complementary – but what does that look like in practice?

Oct 16, 2015

By Hillary Mast

The idea that men and women are different and complementary has been part of the Catholic Church from its beginning.  Read more

Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Sep 2, 2015

Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society.  Read more

Pope Francis.

Is a 'springtime' of leadership blooming for women in the Vatican?

Apr 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

With more opportunities opening for women to take leadership roles in Vatican councils and congregations, women are filling the ranks... Read more

Pope Francis makes a visit to the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Rome on Feb. 8, 2015.

Pope Francis: If men and women aren't different, we have problems

Apr 15, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the... Read more

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

Society's dire need for the 'female soul' – Pope Francis speaks to women

Feb 7, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has advocated for the widespread participation of women in all levels of the Church and society, saying that... 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

St. Peter's Basilica.

First woman appointed to a Vatican congregation joyful

Sep 30, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The first woman ever to be appointed a member of a Vatican congregation explains that “women still have much to... Read more

Vatican City.

Roster of women increases on Vatican theological board

Sep 24, 2014

Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come... Read more

 Lucia Scaraffia reads the special insert on the Theology of Women in L'Osservatore Romano, April 7, 2014.

Vatican newspaper gives voice to women in the Church

May 22, 2014

The co-founder of a monthly insert on women's issues in the Vatican newspaper says its pages offer a valuable platform... Read more

Ana Christina Villa meeting with Saint John Paul II in 2004. Photo courtesy of Ana Christina Villa.

New saints lauded for pioneering dialogue on women

Apr 28, 2014

By Elise Harris

The newly-canonized John Paul II and John XXIII have drawn praise for sparking discussion within the Church on modern women... Read more

A rose with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

Women's dynamic service to Church celebrated at Vatican

Mar 11, 2014

On March 8, dozens packed into the Vatican's tiny San Carlo Cinema for what was hailed as a “unique storytelling... 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

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope addresses Marxism accusations, women cardinals

Dec 15, 2013

In an interview published Dec. 14 in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Francis has responded to several questions touching... Read more

Italian journalist Marina Ricci (center) moderates the Vatican event on Oct. 19, 2013.

Vatican event lauds 'tenacious' women in modern society

Oct 22, 2013

Just down the road from St. Peter's Basilica, a crowd of almost 200 packed into an audience hall to hear... 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

Blessed John Paul II.

Vatican seminar to explore John Paul II document on women

Sep 27, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is slated to hold a study seminar on one of Blessed John Paul II's... Read more

Sr. Marie-Celine receives her habit at her profession as a novice, Aug. 15, 2013.

Community's love for Mary draws young woman to religious life

Aug 22, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

On the recent feast of the Assumption, a young U.S. woman became a novice with a traditional religious order after... Read more

Archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch.

Theologian dismisses call for women 'deacons'

May 3, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Sanctity is central to Church outreach, Pope stresses

Apr 25, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Church leadership and outreach must be rooted in the pursuit of holiness and always attentive to the dignity of each... Read more