Pope Francis highlights ‘special role’ of women in Church

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VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis on Wednesday underlined the role played by women in the Roman Catholic Church, saying they had been more willing to believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection than his own disciples.

“Women play a primary, fundamental role in the Bible,” the pope told thousands of pilgrims at an audience in St. Peter’s Square, basing himself on a Biblical passage when a group of women noticed Christ’s tomb was empty.

“The disciples had a harder time believing but not the women,” he said.

“Women in the Church have had and have a special role in opening the doors to the Lord, in following him, in communicating his message,” he added.

Francis broke with tradition last week when he included two young women in a traditional foot-washing ritual to mark Holy Thursday when Christ is believed to have done the same to his 12 male apostles before the Last Supper.

The Catholic Church has been criticized for relegating women to secondary roles and only very few women have positions of responsibility at the Vatican.

Campaigners have called for women to be ordained into the priesthood, saying this could be a solution to the plunge in vocations seen in recent years.

The Vatican last year upbraided the main group of nuns in the United States, accusing them of “corporate dissent” and pursuing “radical feminist themes”.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    the nuns in america mutinied after the remarks made by the vatican the picketed the churches and bought a bus and toured america giving their side of story they were called nuns on wheels. americans have been supporting them

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.a.quinto Edward A Quinto

    Jesuits’ eyes must be all smiles these past months. Firstly, is the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, a martyr who worked with the Jesuits in Guam, secondly, is the appointment of Rev. Fr. Luis Antonio Tagle as Cardinal. Cardinal Tagle received his education in Jesuit run institutions like the Ateneo de Manila University and lastly, is the election of the first Jesuit Pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. But wait there’s one more, it’s Ateneo winning the UAAP Basketball Championship against UST. ADMG!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fair.smith.3 Fair Smith

    It is not deniable about that. Women have their own important roles and men have their own important roles in the Church. Everyone should follow Lord Jesus in their callings. The Pope Francis is elected to be pope because he is a catholic to begin with. Therefore, he has to follow the Bible also, teaching and the history of the Church. The Bible didn’t indicate anything about woman Disciple. Therefore, the Pope should not change that history. Lord Jesus washed 12 men Disciples’ feet and it was the historic fact, so the Pope should not change that. The twelve Disciples are represented for twelve tribes of Israel, so it is unchangeable. It is like to make the movies about the twelve tribes if Israel and we include women to replace one of the men, then the history is changed now, because the men who have represented the twelve tribes of Israel were all men. Therefore, the Pope should not include woman or women in his feet washing and the Pope should stick with the historic fact not try to change the facts about history. The Pope is there to follow the Bible not to change anything in it. The Bible is what Catholics and Christians in general to follow with. It is admirable when the Pope tenders the sick and takes care of the poor, but he or anybody should not change anything in the Bible. Lord Jesus’ words or actions are what the Christians must follow, so we can’t change anything from it. If we change anything from the Bible, then we are not Christians, because Christians have to follow Lord Jesus in His actions and words. They are historic facts and unchangeable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.a.quinto Edward A Quinto

    To the Jesuit Fathers sorry for the error on you motto from my previous post which should be “AMDG” for ad majorem Dei gloriam translated as “For the Greater Glory of God”. I stand corrected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fair.smith.3 Fair Smith

    It is not deniable about that. Women have their own important roles and men have their own important roles in the Church. Everyone should follow Lord Jesus in their callings. The Pope Francis is elected to be pope because he is a catholic to begin with. Therefore, he has to also follow the Bible, teaching and the history of the Church. The Bible didn’t indicate anything about woman Disciple. Therefore, the Pope should not change that history. Lord Jesus washed 12 men Disciples’ feet and it was the historic fact, so the Pope should not change that. The twelve Disciples are represented for
    twelve tribes of Israel, so it is unchangeable. It is like to make the movies about the twelve tribes if Israel and we use women to replace the men men, then the history is now changed, because the men who have represented the twelve tribes of Israel were all men not women and that is the historic fact. Therefore, the Pope should not include woman or women in his feet washing and the Pope should stick with the historic fact not try to change the fact about history. The Pope is there to follow the Bible not to change anything in it. The Bible is what Catholics and Christians in general to follow with. It is admirable when the Pope tenders the sick and takes care of the poor, but he or anybody should not change anything in the Bible. Lord Jesus’ words or actions are what
    the Christians must follow, so we can’t change anything from it. If we change anything from the Bible, then we are not Christians, because Christians have to follow Lord Jesus in His actions and words. They are historic facts and unchangeable. Lord Jesus’ actions are historic facts and His words are the Living Food for Christians, so they must not be changed by anybody include the Pope.

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