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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Almost completely absent from today’s cultural horizon and often considered the heritage of an outdated religious education, the human virtues are in fact precious travelling companions.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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Feb. 1, 2019


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


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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St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 20, 2019