Posts Tagged Voices of Faith

Vatican event calls for boosting women’s roles in the world and the Church / National Catholic Reporter

A recent Vatican conference heard strong calls for female empowerment in a world in which gender discrimination remains widespread, and in which, as one speaker put it, there are places where sexual violence and social bias is so pervasive that ‘it’s better to be a cow than a girl.’

“As part of that picture, speakers pressed the Catholic Church to live up to its own talk about the importance of women, moving from an ‘occasional’ to a ‘habitual’ commitment to seeing women in leadership positions, even if not as ordained priests.

“The gathering took place in the Casina Pio IV, home of the Pontifical Academy for Science, and marked the third consecutive year the Vatican staged an event in conjunction with the United Nations-sponsored International Women’s Day.

There were no Vatican officials in the lineup, but rather Catholic leaders and activists from around the world.”

By Ines San Martin, Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Women speak up about equality in the church from the heart of the Vatican / National Catholic Reporter

OK, I’m gobsmacked, as the Brits say (‘gobsmacked’: adjective, British, informal: utterly astonished; astounded). I spent four hours on International Women’s Day watching a Voices of Faith event ‘from the heart of the Vatican’ in which women shared stories ‘for a creative exchange of ideas from a female perspective.’ There were some amazing narratives.”

By Christine Schenk, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article.

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Vatican event seeks to gently push Francis on women’s roles / National Catholic Reporter

An organization seeking to influence Pope Francis’ view of women — and to propose female professionals he might tap to lead high church offices — will be hosting a live-streamed event from the Vatican for the second time next month.

“Called Voices of Faith, the event will feature storytelling presentations from 10 women from various parts of the world who have overcome adversity or have reached the highest places available for women below the hierarchy’s stained-glass ceiling.

“The event will be held March 8, the day marked as International Women’s Day, at the Vatican’s iconic Casina Pio IV, a white marble structure inside the Vatican Gardens that houses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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