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Four female figures clad in purple are dancing beside the float of the universal Church drawn by the griffin which represents Christ. They are the four cardinal virtues who reappear in the earthly paradise long after Dante saw them shining like stars at the gate of hell. One of them, who has three eyes, leads the dance. She is Prudence. Indeed, if justice is the foundation of every disposition ...

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June 28, 2019

Justice is a virtue

Almost completely absent from today’s cultural horizon and often considered the heritage of an outdated religious education, the human virtues are in fact precious travelling companions. Justice, prudence, fortitude and temperance encourage us to live better, to be more righteous and true and to orientate ourselves to wisdom. In an epoch in which haste, efficiency, utilitarianism and the anxiet...

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May 18, 2019

Women’s voices

“I hope that in time women will come to do great things”. Mary Ward wrote these words four centuries ago, reflecting on the role of women in the Church and in the world. This issue of Women Church World wishes to bear witness to precisely this valuable work that women have performed, and continue to perform, as lively members of the Church and of other cultures and religious traditions. To do s...

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April 1, 2019

The sense of smell

With this issue after seven years the publication of women church world is coming to a halt. We have indeed realized that the conditions for continuing our collaboration with L’Osservatore Romano no longer exist. Our monthly magazine was born from an autonomous women’s initiative, realized by a group of women who had got together over the years, and was approved and supported by two popes, Bene...

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March 1, 2019

Women and politics

Women and politics – and in particular women who are both Catholic and political – is the subject of this issue which thus analyses politics, religion and women in their reciprocal relationships. As always when we extend our gaze to different temporal and spacial contexts the picture that emerges is blurred and nuanced. The most homogenous element is the great interest that women have in politi...

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Feb. 1, 2019

Touch

In the common perception abuses have transformed what used to be the most delicate expression of love, the caress – maternal, comforting, or as a farewell to the dying – into an expression in itself suspect and virtually obscene, thereby creating scandal, in addition to violence and pain. In this issue we analyse certain moments of this transformation of feeling, this loss of the innocence of t...

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We do not need a revolution to give women the place they deserve in the Church, nor is it indispensable to grant them the priesthood or the diaconate so longed for but at the same time feared. Indeed a little courage suffices, along with the prophetic capacity for looking to the future with positive eyes, accepting changes which are often already written into the order of things. In this issue ...

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Dec. 1, 2018

Taste

In devoting this second issue in the series on the five senses to taste, and hence to cooking, to eating together, to sharing and to harmony, we had in mind the Christmas festivities. And Enzo Bianchi, a famous cook as well as the founder of a new monastic community and a great intellectual and scholar, has made us a present of a precious Christmas recipe. At a superficial glance taste might se...

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Nov. 2, 2018

Looking

A unique event, which we often forget, characterizes our Christian tradition: God was made man. And in the body of this man he met human beings. In the current discussion on subjects such as the use (abuse) of social media and the consequent loss of personal identity, on the increase in isolation and on the absolute lack of knowledge of others let us try to think of an alternative, a different ...

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“If one member suffers all suffer together”, Pope Francis wrote, quoting Paul in his Letter to the People of God. We have interpreted this as a request addressed to women to make their voices and their reflections heard in order to take on, together with men and with the clergy, the profound crisis which the Church is living through so that they may feel at last an active and proactive part of ...

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