Special: The pope will give women the power to choose the perfect

Special: The pope will give women the power to choose the perfect

  • The current committee that helps determine the pope is all men
  • The new rules even allow Catholics to head most of the Vatican’s offices
  • The pope has already appointed some women to high positions

VATICAN CITY, July 6 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has said he wants to give women more senior positions in the Holy See and has made it clear he will, for the first time, join a former Vatican men’s all-women committee. Give him a name that helps him. Priests of the world

The role of women in the Vatican’s rankings was one of many church and international issues that the 85-year-old pope discussed in an exclusive interview with Reuters on July 2 at his Vatican residence.

The new constitution for the central administration of the Holy See, enacted last month, allows every baptized Catholic to lead many branches of the Vatican, including men and women. read more

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“I give (women) a chance,” she said in an eight-minute interview discussing a new constitution for a federal agency called Korea.

He noted that last year, for the first time, he nominated a woman for the second position as the governor of the Vatican City.

“For the first time in the committee, two women will be appointed to represent the bishops in the community,” he said.

The move, which has not been officially announced, is significant because women will, for the first time, participate in the selection of the world’s elites, all of whom are men.

“That way, things open up a bit,” he said.

Pope Francis speaks in an exclusive interview with Reuters, at the Vatican, on July 2, 2022. REUTERS / Remo Casilli

The new constitution

Francis did not name the women and said their appointments would be officially announced.

The members of the committee, now made up of cardinals, bishops and pastors, usually meet twice a month in Rome.

Last month, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Ferrell, head of the Decathlon for Letty, Family and Life, joked that with the issuance of a new constitution, he might be the last scholar to head the department.

Asked if any other branch of the Vatican was likely to be headed by a man or woman, Francis suggested that they could include the Department of Catholic Education and Culture and the Apostolic Library. They are currently led by male mullahs.

Francis has already nominated a number of women to Vatican departments, both today and today.

Last year, she was named Alessandra Smirley, today’s sister of Italy, in the Vatican’s development office, which deals with issues of justice and peace.

In addition, Francis has named Natalie Beckworth, a French member of the Xaviere Missionary Sisters, as the Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, who organizes the largest gathering of the world’s bishops every few years.

Women who have previously held senior positions at the Vatican include Barbara Jatta, the first female director of the Vatican Museum, and Christian Murray, deputy director of the Vatican’s press office. Both were appointed by Francis.

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Reporting by Philippe Pillai; Edited by Alex Richardson

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