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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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The Encyclical Humanae vitae marked a great innovation in the life of the Church: it was the first time that a papal document was taken up and commented on by the world press with such attention and with so critical a spirit – anticipations and predictions even leaked in the months before its publication. It was the first time too that the Pope was the subject of cartoons and above all that the...

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July 2, 2018

Young women

As both the Church and difference feminism forcefully maintain – in an unusual alliance which continues to surprise both parties – women and men are not equal. And if this obviously does not mean (or should not mean) that one sex is worth more than the other, it nevertheless implies that in their equal dignity differences exist, as biology, medicine, sociology and psychology have for decades no...

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June 1, 2018

Muslim holy women

With our June issue we begin the seventh year of our life with both continuity and innovation. The choice of a subject to look at in depth in each issue is part of this continuity and this deeper examination is now to undergo further perfecting: as many readers have requested, we shall be returning repeatedly to the same subjects. We start in this issue by taking up once again the subject of wo...

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May 2, 2018

Latin American women

“The Catholic Church, following the example of Jesus, must be very free from prejudices, from stereotypes and from the discrimination suffered by women. Christian communities must make a serious revision of life for a pastoral conversion which can ask forgiveness for all the situations in which they have been and still are today complicit in attacks on women’s dignity”. Starting with this refle...

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April 3, 2018

Women friends

For many centuries friendship was considered to be a solely masculine fact, a “lofty” sentiment, cathartic, which uplifted the spirit: Achilles and Patroclus, Euryalus and Nisus, and also David and Jonathan – literature and the text of the Bible itself offer us famous examples. Women remained rigorously excluded, their friendship was neither worthy of note nor merited being recounted and exalte...

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March 1, 2018

Women and work

“There is not a single country or a single sector in which women have the same salaries as men. It is the greatest theft in history”. According to Anuradha Seth, a Macroeconomics Policy Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the average difference of 23 per cent which exists throughout the world between women’s and men’s salaries may be described as the greatest injustice t...

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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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St. Peter’s Square

Oct. 16, 2018