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In this issue on Consecrated Life we discuss the term burnout. This word, in its literal meaning, involves exhaustion, collapse, stress, wear, and is a syndrome that also affects nuns. In fact, the extent of this issue is so vast that the the International Union of [Female] Superiors General (IUSG), has organized a workshop in Rome to discuss it, and, in collaboration with the Union of [Male] S...

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Dec. 28, 2019

Women and Francis

In this issue, women share what they think of Pope Francis in relation to the female question in the Church. The contributing essayists in this issue are: the Avvenire Vaticanist and columnist, Stefania Falasca; the theologians Serena Noceti, Marinella Perroni, Cristina Simonelli, Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh; the Xaverian consultant of the secretariat of the Synod of Bishops Nathalie Becquart; the...

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Nov. 23, 2019

Mothers and Motherhood

Many women bear witness to this: giving birth to a child is an act of love and a moment of inexpressible joy. And yet, the concrete conditions in which it occurs are still problematic today, and not only because of the pains of childbirth itself, and that troubled sense of an ending which is still mysteriously part of a new life. In the poorest countries, mothers too often risk their lives and ...

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Oct. 26, 2019

The virtue of resisting

The ancient philosophers urged people to act with temperance, understood as the mid-point between two excesses: intemperance on the one side and insensitivity on the other. The Delphic Oracle’s μηδέν άγαν (nothing to excess) and Horace’s principle of the aurea mediocritas (golden mean) come into the Christian definition of the cardinal virtue of temperance, very often portrayed by the image of ...

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Sept. 28, 2019

Symbols of fortitude

A woman wearing armour and a helmet who is keeping a lion at bay. The shield next to the sword. A tower on the rock which, indestructible, stands firm against strong gusts of wind. This complex of images calls to mind something that brings together women and men from any cultural or ethnic provenance: the virtue of “fortitude”. The word is unusual but when we happen to come across it, it furthe...

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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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St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 23, 2020