Women Church World is celebrating its first birthday. It is an important milestone. In these past 12 months we have tried to listen to the voice of women who are a fundamental and essential pillar of the life of the Church.
We have sought to give an account of their work and of their intellectual contribution, all too often ignored. We wanted to dialogue with women of other faiths; we have searched the history of the saints to see what could make them once again protagonists in women’s lives today. We have investigated situations based on the commitment of many women and which often remain in the shadows. It is an absorbing task but is not always easy. We have endeavoured to carry it ahead responsibly with modesty, precision and openness, attentive to the new things emerging in the Church and respectful of her important traditions. We are aware that we still have a long way to go before we can say we are satisfied, but we can say with calm pleasure that we have set out. We were comforted by the words of Pope Francis who has reintroduced the “primary, fundamental” role of women in the early Church and in the Church today. And we are supported by remembering all that John Paul II said about feminine genius and by the praise that Benedict XVI lavished on Hildegard of Bingen, Dorothy Day and Etty Hillesum. This year we have had important results and some criticism that we have taken into account, but above all we have realized we are only at the beginning of a job we hope will be fruitful and useful not only for the women and men of the Church, but also for all those who in these difficult years look to the Church with hope.
St. Peter’s Square
Aug. 22, 2019
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