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Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals (Vatican Media)

With the input of two women and a priest, Pope Francis and members of his international Council of Cardinals have this week discussed the role of women in the Church. Source: OSV News.

“The council agreed on the need to listen, also and above all in individual Christian communities, to the feminine aspect of the Church, so that the processes of reflection and decision-making can benefit from the irreplaceable contribution of women,” the Vatican press office said at the end of the council’s December 4-5 meeting. 

The conversation about the role of women in the Church included input from: Salesian Sister Linda Pocher, a professor of Christology and Mariology at Rome’s Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium”; Lucia Vantini, a professor of theology and philosophy at the Institute of Religious Sciences in Verona, Italy; and Fr Luca Castiglioni, a professor of fundamental theology at the seminary of the Archdiocese of Milan, the press office said yesterday.

Among the other items for discussion on the council’s agenda were “the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the serious situation in the Holy Land”, as well as the work of the COP28 convention on climate change in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

United States Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a member of the Council of Cardinals and president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, presented a number of ideas for the organisation of assemblies of bishops’ conferences in 2024, “five years after the meeting on the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable people” at the Vatican in February 2019.

The members also discussed the first session of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, which was held in October.


Pope, Council of Cardinals discussed the role of women in the Church (By Carol Glatz, CNS via OSV News