The lack of female solidarity is one of the many stereotypes that concern women: they are assumed to be so busy attracting the attention of males that they pay no attention to other females whom they view instead as threatening rivals. Once again, however, history tells a different story. So many incidents in our society demonstrate this, as do the multitude of events that have occurred on Christianity’s 1,000-year-old journey. If one thinks about it, the women at the foot of the Cross – the only ones who stayed faithful to Jesus in the hour of his most atrocious suffering, when all the disciples (understandably terrified) fled, are the first marvellous example of Christian women joining forces. It is exactly this which the February issue of women church world tells us, calling our attention to the variety of female groups present in the Church, who live and work for the Church herself and for society. They are women who walk together and collaborate with each other. From the history of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General), which came into being at the end of the Second Vatican Council and has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, to that of the Mexican women who belong to the Las Patronas Association and who spare no efforts for the migrants, clinging dangerously to moving trains, who cross the border with the United States; from the German Hildegardis-Verein, the association which among its hundreds of activities works to increase the number of women in executive posts in the Catholic Church, to the Italian Catholic women’s fraternity, Tenda del Magnificat, created in 1957 with the blessing of Giovanni Battista Montini to follow Jesus and to put the Gospel into practice. These are precious testimonies, indispensable pieces of the mosaic that go to form a human network of growth and solidarity at the service of all. They are indispensable testimonies for the Church too, but unfortunately are too seldom listened to and insufficiently appreciated, although – as Archbishop Paul-André Durocher mentions in his invaluable discourse – the episcopal ministry cannot but be enriched by listening to the charismatic female voice in the Church”. (giulia galeotti)
St. Peter’s Square
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