Pope wants more religious women in Vatican offices

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Pope Francis has said that, while the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests is definitive, he wants to appoint more nuns and other women to senior positions in the Vatican, according to a report by Reuters

He made the impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, during his recent visit.

The remarks came after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on stage were male. The Pope that men should listen to women’s ideas more and not be male chauvinists.

“Women have much to tell us in today’s society. At times we men are too ‘machista’,” he said, using the Spanish term for male chauvinists.

“(We) don’t allow room for women but women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand,” he said to more applause.

News and picture courtesy: Reuters. Picture: Pope Francis embraces a boy and a girl during a meeting with young people at Manila university.

 

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