Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers heard a testimony from a Franciscan sister from the Brazilian Amazon this week as the council continues to discuss the role of women in the Church.
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U.S. Cardinal Sean O’Malley was among the group that took part in the Feb. 21-23 meeting, which also included discusson of synodality.
Earlier on Friday, members of the Synodal Assembly backed an appeal to relax the celibacy requirement for priests in the Latin Church, when they endorsed a text on 'the pledge of celibacy in priestly ministry.'
The Women’s Ordination Conference, founded in 1975, describes itself as “the oldest and largest organization working to ordain women as deacons, priests, and bishops.”
The study found numerous cases of forced kidnapping and exploitation in Egypt, that Christians account for 95% of women and girls seized by Islamists in Nigeria, and that 70% of those forcibly converted and married in Pakistan are Christians.
To enter the Swiss Guard, a candidate must be a single Catholic male of Swiss nationality between the ages of 19 and 30 who is at least 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Pope Francis wrote a letter to Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explaining his decision to admit women to the ministries of lector and acolyte.
Pope Francis noted that the German Benedictine abbess, composer and philosopher challenged prevailing restrictions on women.
The Holy Father celebrated the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and championed the needy on the World Day of the Poor.