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Feb. 1, 2018

Women and Islam

The image shown on the cover of this issue is not an icon but illustrates a concept of the sacred that is firmly rooted in Islam. The uniqueness of this Annunciation lies in the presence of three figures: Gabriel, in the centre, turns to Muhammad, who in turn is making a sign to his wife, Khadija.

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Jan. 2, 2018

Women and science

For long centuries scientific knowledge was almost exclusively the prerogative of men and effectively barred to women. It was only from the second half of the 19th century, in other words since the time when women began to be granted the possibility of access to higher education – it is enough to recall that only in 1867 did the l’École Polytechnique in Zurich, in advance in comparision with si...

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We want to end the year, a year full of suffering especially for women, with a hope. These images, in which a woman, alone and defenceless, succeeds with her weakness in facing the violence of a group of armed men, seem to unfold new prospects for the future, prospects of peace and respect for the weak, in the name of something that we all share: being born of a woman and being alive because a...

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Nov. 2, 2017

Orthodox women

After the issue on Protestant women which followed the comparison with Jewish women and while we await an issue on Muslim women we look here at women belonging to the Orthodox Church. Getting this issue together was a most enriching surprise for us. For the kaleidoscopic pattern that emerges from the voices and stories of both the present and the past – from the American Gayle Woloschak, a scie...

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Oct. 2, 2017

Rape as torture

At last the world’s attention and conscience is beginning to focus on the phenomenon of the continuous and systematic rape to which women and children migrants are subjected – both on the long and dangerous passage through Africa and in the camps from which they are waiting to leave, as well as on the terrible voyages in ramshackle boats, and even sometimes in the lands which ought to welcome a...

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Sept. 1, 2017


Discernment is a concept that has been frequently used in the Christian tradition since the most ancient times. It refers to the interior reflection which each human being is called to undertake in order to understand what God’s will is at the important decision-making moments in his or her life. It means making one’s choice together with God.

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One stone after another, lifted with bare hands to reach the slopes of Potosí. So it was that a group of 50 small women, all of them with black plaits and multi-layered coloured skirts, built the minuscule church perched high above the road to the Cordillera Real, at an altitude of 6,088 metres, 25 km north of La Paz. One arrives at the church by a very steep flight of steps among splendid pano...

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June 1, 2017

The prayer of women

Prayer is part of the Christian life of every baptized man and woman, in accordance with the invitation of Jesus himself who asks of us ceaseless prayers: “Watch at all times, praying” (Lk 21:34-36). Prayer is the way for every disciple of Jesus, man or woman, to find the principle of unification in their own lives. In prayer each one of us can learn to feel constantly in communion with God, to...

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May 2, 2017

The Mary of others

Mary is not only ours – that is, she does not belong only to the Catholic and Orthodox faithful who venerate her – but she also belongs to non-Christian traditions, such as Judaism and Islam, and naturally the Protestants cannot be left out. With this issue of women church world we want to look at Mary from their point of view too and understand how others have imagined her and recounted her st...

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April 1, 2017

The loneliness of women

The loneliness of women is the theme of this issue. It is an immense theme, since its multiple aspects may be expressed in thousands of different ways. Indeed we are not speaking of the kind of solitude that may be chosen and desired as a good way of living with and listening to oneself without the superimposition of other voices. This is a choice which becomes, as it were a luxury, often gloss...

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St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 21, 2018