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Women Church World

 

May God be God for you and may you be love for him

Here is a woman who did great things in secret. Hadewijch of Antwerp lived in the mid-13th century in the old Low Countries and came ...

Everything starts from within

From this collection of images an allegorical meaning arises – which is not to say that it is hidden but rather that it is not ...

The symbolic power of women’s bodies

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 ...

The women of the parables

An overview of women in Jesus’ parables shows us two different types of female characters: women who are explicitly present in the story and those ...

How truly human it makes us

We live in a world dominated by the anguish of the present and the fear of the future, a world where competitive individualism has abolished ...

Bodies that speak

Women of various ages, provenances and social classes tell their stories and offer themselves to the gaze of the camera lens without being afraid of ...

​The sister

On a Saturday in April 2017 a silent march took place in Caracas to commemorate those who died in recent struggles. While the army was ...

​The activist

Tess Asplund, 42, was photographed with a clenched fist raised at the head of the march of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM). Moments later the ...

The Word life and light

John 1:1-18“In the beginning”: let us still be filled with wonder at the poetic hymn which opens the Fourth Gospel. The whole Bible opens with ...

​The mother

A Palestinian woman with her children reaches a check-point: we do not know when or where, but this has certainly happened thousands of times.As Muraro ...

​In mauve

Minsk, 25 March 2017: during a demonstration against the President a woman did not allow herself to be intimidated by armed men. With elegant colours ...

​The nurse

This photo was taken by the young photographer Jonathan Bachman in 2016 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the United States. After the killing of two ...

Making the desire for the encounter shine out

Matteo 25:1-13In the last days that he spends with his disciples before his Passion and his death, Jesus wants to leave them a powerful and ...

​A singer of love and sorrow

When her father learned that Anna was to publish some verses, he prevented her from using the family name, Andreevna Gorenko. Thus she chose the ...

What just happened to me in Tyre

It was incredible, it had never happened to me before. A pagan woman opened my mind! A woman! And a pagan! I shall never forget ...

Only the Gospel

On 16 January 2004 the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople canonized Mother Maria Skobtsova, an extraordinary woman motivated by a strong thirst for ...

People have had enoug h of moralizing and respectability

The wife of a priest stands beside her husband and children like any other Christian wife. This is the most important truth of her state ...

Sonia’s spiritual depth

The heart of Orthodox spirituality has been illuminated by the novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Among Dostoyevsky’s characters whose role is that of guidance are the ...

​Systematic rape as torture

Last 17 October at the headquarters of the Knights of Malta in Rome Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio, presented the issue of women church ...

​Not only driving cars

The news has been rightly celebrated across the world: after years of requests primarily from the women’s associations, by a royal decree Crown Prince Mohammed ...

​Sr Margaret’s denunciation

Denunciations have succeeded one another for years but in India the slaughter of female fetuses and newborn baby girls continues to be a reality. Indeed, ...

A bridge between East and West

“God writes straight on our crooked lines”, Élisabeth Behr-Sigel used to like saying. This sentence fully illustrates the path she took as an Orthodox woman ...

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 ...

A woman at the heart of the dialogue between science and faith

We are not always aware of the variety and the new leavens that stir up the Orthodox world, especially that of women. One example is ...

Mary Magdalene

On tiptoe and taking small steps: in recent years Mary Magdalene has gained a little ground in the Western Church too. It was John Paul ...

​Women are heroes

jr are the initials of the French photographer Jean René, chosen as his professional name. In 2011 he won the ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) ...

Orora

“Lovely”, commented the waitress as she cleared the table. The seated man turned to face the motorbike parked behind him. “Yes, indeed it is”, he ...

Putting love into practice

Luke 10:25-37This Gospel is so well known that it is difficult to listen to it properly. And yet, as Psalm 81 says, God’s words can ...

Enough of impunity

The figure that emerges from UNICEF’s most recent report, drafted on the basis of a series of interviews with migrant women, is alarming. About half ...

The mule women who die on the threshold of Europe

The enclave of Ceuta is one of the gateways of access to Europe from Africa and huge crowds throng its boundaries daily. One of the ...

An exhibition showing the cry of silent tears

Belinda Mason, an Australian photographer, has gathered together the testimonies of 25 women who come from 20 countries. The result of these tales of ill-treatment, ...

Birth cushions for Ugandan women

The “birth cushions”were presented in Washington. They were conceived of by the NGO Doctors with Africa (cuamm) in order to convince the women of Karamoja, ...

American Sisters and the Presidents

It is not just a question of politics but of life itself, something that also involves commitment, suffering, the sweat of the brow and of ...

Stopping the torturers

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 ...

Blessing and Fatima, the lowliest women in the world

Blessing and Fatima are two special women. Blessing and Fatima are two women like so many others. They remain out of sight to most people, ...

Indelible traces of torture

Reflecting on women victims of torture and rape today inevitably means being prepared to listen to the unspeakable, it means sharing in the abyss of ...

​The soul of the commandments

Luke 6:1-6In this Gospel narrative the atmosphere is of serious hostility to Jesus on the part of certain men of religion. They want to accuse ...

Images impossible to forget

Leben? oder Theater? [A Life? Or a Drama?]. This is the title of a collection of 800 paintings by Charlotte Salomon in tempera on paper. ...

The Samaritan woman and the Jew Jesus

John presents to us the Samaritan woman. She is probably the best known and most commented on female figure in the whole of the New ...

Genitrix in both body and spirit

That “your passion for evil speech has led you to insult even my mother who has hurt you in no way, my mother who never ...

I saw him go into my heart and hide himself there

The possibility of preparing oneself to experience discernment as the centre of one’s spiritual life has not always been a prospect accessible to women. Proof ...

The art of spiritual discernment

In the history of Christian spirituality the discerning of spirits [or spiritual discernment] has always been considered the absolutely essential necessary gift for knowing God’s ...

​The Tamil widows

Tamil women are those who suffer most from the consequences of the civil war that raged in Sri Lanka for at least three decades: this ...

​Wonder women of Ethiopia

Fikir, Tigist and Fiteh are the protagonists of The Tibeb Girls, the animated cartoon that is having great success in Ethiopia. They are Love, Patience ...

​Banned for being addressed too exclusively to women

The film by the Indian woman director Alankrita Shrivastava entitled Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017) tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who tries to ...

​Five girls for Silba Island

The Croatian Island of Silba is located a few kilometres from Zara. Its municipal elections last year were won by five women of Pokret Otoka, ...

The pivot of freedom of conscience

Freedom of conscience is the pivot of discernment. Without it we are incapable of thinking and assessing what we do and cannot avoid the stumbling ...

Discernment

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 ...

Discernment in the words of women

Marie-Caroline Bustarret, married and the mother of four children, is a trilingual translator who also holds a diploma in business management. After working in a ...

Women building churches

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 ...

Distracted by too many things

Luke 10:38-42At the feast of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, friends and hosts of the Lord, we hear a very well-known story in which the two ...

A woman for women

Maryam, the play put on by Ermanna Montanari, directed by Marco Martinelli and based on a text by Luca Doninelli, is a liturgy made up ...

Mary of Bethany, a model of listening

The number of women in the New Testament who are named Mary creates a good deal of confusion over which is which. The mother of ...

A Marrano saint

St Esther, celebrated by the Catholic Church on 1 July, is no other than the protagonist of the biblical Book of Esther, Queen Esther, Ahasuerus’ ...

A watchman on the lake

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall ...

Colour and light

Elsa Valero’s studio is almost opposite the Alhambra. It has clearly defined lines and is whitewashed, treated with lime, the façade is dotted by the ...

Services for the community

“Is the church building still an important place in a town? Is it still the place which represents the encounter of the human with the ...

A multi-cultural dream

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Mary on a farm in the Mazoe valley, Zimbabwe is a striking creation. Tall, red-brick and Romanesque in ...

​Pregnancy in Guatemala

Guatemala has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Latin America, a spiral that leads girls even faster down the road to poverty ...

Two sisters with disabilities talk about themselves with irony

Their blog is called The Disabled Life and was started a few years ago by the Canadian sisters, Jessica and Lianna Oddi. With irony and ...

​Radio for single mothers in Morocco

A radio station managed by single mothers has come into being in Morocco. Such women are penalized in the country where pregnancy out of wedlock ...

Architecture tailored to fit us

Before being a discipline which gives shape to a space, architecture is a look at – and an attitude towards – the landscape; it is ...

Finding the strength to resist

Nadia Kuzinmko, a Ukrainian woman who has lived and worked in Italy since 2002, looks both strong and gentle at the same time. She is ...

From the depths of the heart

The affinity between religious and poetic language is revealed in their dwelling in the depths of the human experience, on the margins of what is ...

Protestant prayers

I was born on the western coast of Norway to a Pietist family in the Lutheran Church and from birth my life was constellated with ...

Overlapping voices

Nights are always cold and dry in the Puna of Jujuy. It does not matter that during the day the temperature reaches 27° and the ...

The supplement “women church world” becomes a book

The book just published by Vita e Pensiero entitled Donne della Bibbia [Women in the Bible] has on its cover a detail of the splendid ...

New offices for Slaves No More

It is good news squared: thanks to the gift of the Gianelline Sisters, the Association Slaves No More will open new offices in Via dei ...

The little girl against the bull

For some time a few metres from the muzzle of the famous Wall Street bull in New York, another statue has appeared. It is called ...

Another Lady Di

Diana degli Andalò belonged to the Carbonesi, a noble family of Bologna. A few centuries later, in the 18th century, in the collection he dedicated ...

The Venezuelan Sister

The very short video now famous world-wide is really beautiful. On a Saturday in April, in a Venezuela plagued by conflicts and protests, the silent ...

Martha of Bethany, a model of service

Martha, Mary and Lazarus of Bethany: it seems that this brother and these sisters were known to the early Christians, given that the Gospel according ...

Attention, a necessary condition Spirituality

It was 1940. France was partially occupied by the Nazis and the French Jewish intellectual Simone Weil, one of the most original voices of the ...

​Song as prayer

A perennial thirst for experimentation in all the fields of contemporary music and a desire to travel on arduous existential roads are the two motivations ...

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 ...

A feminine way of praying

What is striking about the writer and theologian Lucinda M. Vardey is the low tone of her voice, the sober elegance in her way of ...

A new name for a new life

Luke 1:57-66.80A child is always a sign of the Lord’s benevolent gaze. It is the proof and testimony of his love for a man and ...

When the first star shone

The 18 compositions for Christmas contained in All’accendersi della prima stella [when the first star shone] (Scheiwiller, 1988) and the 23 sequences of the poem ...

Mary in the Qur’an

The Qur’an honours Mary with the title siddiqa (Q 5:75), ‘a woman of truth’, pointing to her sincerity as a true believer and a righteous ...

​Forbidden streets

Hundreds of people took part in Teheran’s first international marathon on Friday, 7 April. It was an event that will live on in history but ...

​Rohingya mothers fleeing persecution

Mass killings, group rapes, villages burned: a great many Rohingya women flee from these situations. The only possible way for this people to leave behind ...

The Woman of the Perfume

Traditionally known as the public sinner who repented and was pardoned, the Woman of the Perfume – this is what I like to call her ...

​Child brides

“The most significant thing is that it is the girls who ask for help. And we must start from here”. Laura Laera is President of ...

​A Syrian religious wins the 2017 International Women of Courage Award

Her name is Sr Carolin Tahhan Fachakh and she is a Salesian religious of Don Bosco, a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. She was ...

​The Way of the Cross for victims of trafficking and prostitution

The initiative promoted by the “Pope John xxiii Community” Association to give a voice to the victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution is taking ...

Spiritual mother

St Humility, in the world Rosanese Negusanti, was born to a noble family in Faenza in 1226. Her story has come down to us through ...

Encounter a promise of life

Lk 1:39-45“In those days Mary arose and went with haste”. Mary, whom the angel’s greeting has just filled with grace, pays a visit to her ...

Who Miriam is for the Jews

These brief notes will certainly disappoint those who are seeking in Judaism special attention to Mary but the root of the problem is that the ...

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 ...

Images in movement

The Cestello Annunciation (1489-1490) opens on a pas de deux: the angel painted by Botticelli a few years before the end of the 15th century ...

​Le’Jemalik in New York

This is the name of a beauty salon in the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn area. In Arabic it means “for your beauty” and has already become ...

​Against instant divorce

It is enough for a man to pronounce the word “talaq” three times in front of his wife to obtain a legal and immediate divorce, ...

Accompanying with forgiveness

Pope Francis urges us to put into practice the law of integration and mercy for women who have had recourse to abortion. He wants us ...

​The exile of young Nepalese women

In western Nepal there is a tradition called Chhaupadi according to which women during their menstruation are constrained to live in a sort of exile ...

​Support for concrete projects

Women’s day is made up of names and stories. And the Association of Volunteers in International Service Foundation (avsi) wanted to commemorate the women who, ...

Lucia’s tears in the forest of Chaco

No longer having any choice. Weeping in silence and not finding any accessible path. Sinking deeper and deeper into a ravine the end of which ...

​Protectress of the mistreated

The figure of Teresa Spinelli, recently proclaimed Venerable, was commemorated on Saturday, 11 March during the convention where, in her introductory speech, Lucetta Scaraffia proposed ...

Single mothers in Korea

For several years South Korea has set itself the goal of uprooting the age-old prejudices regarding single parents and unmarried couples who live together, a ...

​Too many experiences to live through on one’s own

First of all I shall dare to say something about the loneliness of women, that loneliness which they have not chosen and which applies to ...

Baptized with sea water

Carthage in the fifth century AD: Julia belonged to a noble but ruined family. She was 15 years old and had a free spirit when ...

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 ...

The bleeding woman

(Mark 5:25-34) Woman by nature is prone to bleeding. It is given to her by God, not something of her making. During her monthly period, ...

To relieve the world and my own kind

“We shall be listening as pilgrims / at the crossroads between stars and clods of earth / where the elusive whispers / and darts elsewhere”. ...

In silence a painful expulsion

For a woman loneliness is at the same time a cause and a consequence of abortion since the experience of a pregnancy is both intimate ...

The gentle mercy of Jesus

John 8:1-11 This Gospel proclaims God’s mercy to us, incarnated and told by Jesus. To put Jesus to the test and to have some charge ...

Women and Reform

The anniversary of the decision of Luther, who initiated the separation between Protestants and Catholics 500 years ago, may be approached from different points of ...

A construction from the bottom up

“There is a pivotal event in the Protestant ecclesial life of Latin American women as regards the theological debates, exegeses and the context of the ...

A Jew, a Protestant and a Catholic

This is a history book that differs from the other Women on the Margins: it begins with a theatrical prologuein which the author seeks to ...

The small shaolins in Kabul

Defying Afghanistan’s most conservative rules, a group of girls practise wushu, an ancient Chinese martial art. They train in their satin pyjamas in the open ...

Two hundred million victims of female genital mutilation

According to the data of UNICEF and of the UN Population Fund, at least 200 million girls and women across the world have suffered some ...

Convention on the Reformation at Bose

Justification. The Gospel of Grace: the eighth International Ecumenical Convention scheduled to take place at the Monastery of Bose on 26 and 27 May is ...

The mainstay

“I have never felt lonely or isolated as a woman pastor here in Basle. From the outset of my ministry I have felt accompanied and ...

Violence in Argentina

Every 31 hours a woman is killed in Argentina. And in a single day more than 50 attacks of a sexual nature are recorded. It ...

Women and the Church

The Plenary Meeting of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life was held on 28 January. For the first ...

Olivia’s superpowers

Olivia was born in Palermo in 448 to Christian parents belonging to a noble family. She was an extremely beautiful girl. Endowed with strength, quickness, ...

​Spirituality Between the feminine and the feminist

What happens when Protestant women become biblicists? They discover that the biblical texts which reduced them to being “the weak sex” or seductresses were subject ...

​The Prophetess Anna

The mention of the Prophetess Anna in the narrative of Jesus’ infancy in Luke’s Gospel is indeed surprising. The reasons for this vary: there are ...

Women among Catholics and Protestants

Throughout the Christian tradition it was thought that it was easier to enmesh women in heresy than men and for this very reason many Catholics ...

Painting as prayer

The head of the woman praying is covered in the lightest of veils, her hands rest on the candelabra with nine branches, a hannukah [menorah]. ...

Only love given will save us

Matthew 25:31-47This is Jesus’ last preaching before his Passion. He speaks to us of love for our neighbour being one with love for the Lord.In ...

A little serenity with colours

Diala Brisly has very powerful weapons in her hands: colours. They are weapons that can move the world but cannot injure anyone. They are the ...

The marathon peace runner

“Peace is the breath of the world. Wherever there is no peace people die in both body and soul”. Tegla Loroupe says this gently but ...

So human but so imbued with the divine

After a childhood complicated by a long battle with her step-mother, Margaret of Cortona fell in love with Arsenio Dal Monte, a young nobleman from ...

​The women’s Shoah

A one-act play is on in Trent until February 8; “Eppure non ho paura. Memorie femminili dal Lager di Ravensbrück” [And yet I am not ...

​Women only places on planes

In the face of the increasing number of complaints of sexual harassment of female passengers on domestic flights in India, the company Air India is ...

​Record in the prisons of Latin America

In only 15 years the female prison population in Latin America has increased by 51.6 per cent and continues to grow at an alarming rate. ...

​Dominican bishops: no to violence against women

An important position was taken by the Dominican Republic’s Bishops’ Conference which, in a pastoral letter, pointed out the most urgent threats to women and ...

Elizabeth’s blessing

The importance of the figure of Elizabeth, at the beginning of Christian history is not always given as much emphasis as it deserves. Yet reading ...

​Women workers dead in Afghanistan

Five women, all of whom worked at the Kandahar airport, were killed together with the driver of the company minibus in which they were travelling. ...

​Morocco bans the production and sale of the burka

The production and sale of burkas, the loose garment for women that leaves only the eyes exposed, is banned in Morocco. The ban came from ...

From violence, life

“It is stories that urge me to make films. To be able to tell them with a film. Stories sink into me, they fill me ...

​From the roots of the hair to the centre of the heart

La Sentinelle, a small town in northern France on the outskirts of Valenciennes. Passers-by wander through the streets in the winter cold, busily purchasing Christmas ...

Find your treasure

Matteo 13:51-52Jesus is that scribe-disciple who in his speaking draws on his own treasure, that is, on his intelligence, his heart, he draws ancient things ...

Mending

This issue of women church world is called “Mending”. This term, like the similar although not identical word “weaving”, is obviously used in a metaphorical ...

The art of recomposing the human weft

In Palermo I met Sr Anna Alonzo who has thrown open degraded and besieged parts of the city to the enjoyment of being together. She ...

Mary of Nazareth at the ardent heart of the Covenant

Everyone knows that the Virgin Mary is associated, in the heart of the Church, with an immense spiritual tradition which meditates on her, sings her ...

Do specific female characteristics exist in art?

I shall start with a snapshot I took, with the consent of the person concerned, who was unknown to me, in September 2016. It is ...

The mystery of the self and of the other

Mark 1:21-28This Gospel proclaims to us the quality of Jesus’ words: the power of communion, and, by contrast, the quality of the power of unclean ...

A cross that bears fruit

Here we are in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on the threshold of autumn, with Pope Francis who decided to go to the boundaries of ...

The power of governing

In the context of the recent reform of the canonical matrimonial process an innovation was introduced in can. 1673 § 1, which has so far ...

In search of an arrangement

For many years historical research has shed light on a special wisdom: that shown in every context of Western society by men, by families and ...

Girls dressed as boys

To protect their daughters from childmarriages, Afghan families are adopting a strategy: they are transforming their daughters into bacha posh which in Dari, the main ...

Stories of violent men

Domestic violence: the men speak is a study edited by the Lebanese researcher Azza Charrara Baydoun that gathers the testimonyof eleven men who are violent ...

Front page for Sr Lioba

Sr Lioba Zahn, from the convent of Mariendonk in Germany, ended up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Her merit was to ...

Magdalene in the Vatican

There is also a splendid Mary Magdalene in terracotta in the crib created inthe 16th-century Bolognese style by Donato Mazzotta and exhibited in the San ...

Women in the Church: a canonical perspective

“Co-responsibility demands a change in mind set especially concerning the role of lay people in the Church. They should not be regarded as ‘collaborators’ of ...

The use of women canon lawyers

In March 2015 the Executive Board of the International Union of Superiors’ General (uisg) launched an important new initiative to support leaders of congregations of ...

Women and canon law

Although from the outside the Roman Curia, the body that directs the Catholic Church, appears to be made up solely of ecclesiastics – that is ...

At the outset there was no hierarchy

We made numerous telephone calls to Santa Marta: we asked to speak to the secretary of Cardinal Gracias, who was in Rome for the meetings ...

I am with you

In Vita (2003) [English edition, Vita, A Novel, 2006], Melania Mazzucco told of the difficult page in her history which was her emigration from Europe ...

Leaving in awareness of the risks

“The secret is to concentrate on the drum. It is the drum that gives the rhythm. You must count up to four: three steps and ...

I want to be the one who says what my name is

The female voice is the most interesting and mature facet of the so-called “immigrant literature”, the term used to denote the literature produced by authors ...

Barbara the foreigner

There must have been something extraordinarily hard and tough, almost stubborn, in the temperament of this girl of whose origins and life we know so ...

The priest who saves prostitutes

“He looked at me as a person”: it is with these words inspired by Bernadette’s after the apparition of the Virgin, that this French association ...

Ducrot’s Eden

Since the first issue the works of Isabella Ducrot have long accompanied, and with great success, the editorials of women church world: it is now ...

Pregnancy in Yucatán

In the cycle of sickness and poverty, pregnancy in adolescence remains one of the main causes of maternal and infantile mortality in Yucatán, according to ...

Women in the Vatican

Donne in Vaticano, or simply D.VA (Women in the Vatican), the first association of women who work in the minuscule city-state, has been entered in ...

The Oak of Lebanon

A place to welcome, care for and accompany foreign women, often seeking refuge in Lebanon and who have been left on their own or in ...

Women in a patriarchal context

Over the long, long history of the interpretations and the fortunes of biblical texts the explanation and presentation of the figures of the Scriptures have ...

Women fleeing

We are getting used to seeing the motionless bodies of drowned children: for all who have at heart the value of life this image is ...

The sister with the suitcase

Her symbol would be a suitcase: as is well known by the sisters of the institute she founded exactly 136 years ago who exhibited her ...

Wood and gold, darkness and light

When a woman is ancientlike water and the moon,from the moon she observes the water flowing.She observes, she listens. And she is silent. Margherita PavesiThe ...

From migrants to victims of trafficking

For multitudes of women on the continent of Asia emigration seems their only hope of living a dignified life. But all too often emigrating becomes ...

​Love stories in need of salvation

Matthew 1:18-24“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together ...

Forgotten women

The Greeks called her Mnemosyne. She was the goddess of memory, the goddess who kept the memory of human beings active, making them retain whatever ...

Judith the saviour

Judith was a heroine, a warrior: her profile reflects the myth and the archetype of the hero but in the feminine gender. This is far ...

The courage it takes to sing the ‘Dies Irae’

Siligo is situated on the crest of a hill in Meilogu [Mejlogu]. Only one main road passes through Siligo, the s’istradone, stretched out in the ...

​In the world to bring divine light

A parlour in a Benedictine monastery on a weekday morning. The bright light of the mountain sun shone on a few sheets of paper that ...

For those who are always worse off than others

Luke 21:20-28Jesus’ words are inspired by what he saw and heard in the temple. Jesus saw the most normal thing in the world, that is, ...

A martyr for human rights

For 34 years now the voice of Marianella García Villas, the advocate of the poor and of peasant farmers and a privileged daughter of the ...

An incomplete helix

Not a word about Rosalind Franklin was heard when in 1962 Watson, Crick and Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for Medicine thanks to the discovery ...

Regina Jonas, the forgotten rabbi

When the Reform Jew Sally Priesand was ordained a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1972 she was thought to be the ...

​In Sudan

Bad news: families are no longer able to afford the costs of uniforms, satchels, books, exercise books and pens that are continually increasing, especially in ...

​In Argentina

Lucía Pérez, a student just 16, died due to the horrible internal wounds she received when she was drugged, raped and then impaled with a ...

The burkini and other such matters

The more it is forbidden, the more it sells: the laws of the market now apply to the burkini too, banned in France this summer ...

​In Kurdistan

It is called Radio Dange NWE, or New Voice Radio: the Kurdistan broadcaster designed to provide information to refugees and managed by a group of ...

Apostle of the Holy Spirit

Among the forgotten Christian mystics it is impossible not to remember Blessed Elena Guerra, the events of whose life are particularly surprising. Indeed, although mystics ...

​Of love and suffering

Today there are few who remember but when Ida Görresdied in May 1971 it was Joseph Ratzinger, then a professor at Tubingen, who gave the ...

Crimes against human rights

For about 20 years the Great Lakes region in central-eastern Africa has been living in a state of war, which in the eastern zone of ...

Zooming in on violence

There are not many films which have wartime rape as their central theme. Perhaps the only one that dealt explicitly with this subject in the ...

​Bees give hope to Palestinian women

On the West Bank, near Ramallah, honey production has become one of the basic economic resources for a group of women. It is an important ...

​In October the first refugee camp in Paris

The city of Paris is to open a refugee camp for men in mid-October in an area belonging to the railway company sncf near the ...

​Women against divorce in India

Muslim women in India are struggling against the disputed practice of instant divorce which enables men to leave their women and children by pronouncing three ...

So that it never happens again

For 19 interminable audiences they were imprisoned in their colourful shawls. Faces, hair and hands, everything was covered up. The heavy material hid every centimetre ...

​So as not to die in childbirth

In the south of Sierra Leone, at Gbondapi, is a region full of water, where during the rainy season roads are often non-existent or disappear ...

​In Tunisia a new law for the defence of women

The Tunisian Government has proposed in parliament a law to combat physical and verbal violence against women. The text makes the penalties stricter for anyone ...

​Together with the victims

Pope Francis met two Italian women who were victims of clerical abuse, as Fr Hans Zollner, of the Pontifical omission for the Protection of Minors, ...

The pride of female courage

In the vast and prestigious repertoire of images originating from the story of St Ursula there is one which is humbler than the others but ...

Esther, the overturning of misfortune

Like many important figures in history, especially in the Bible, Esther was of humble origins. She was a Jewish orphan, deported to a foreign land, ...

Asia: from inequality, violence

Inequality or an imbalance in the way power is experienced, creates instability and gives rise to violence. In more equal populations violence is much reduced.The ...

The essential that seeks the figurative

The painting of Odile Escolier, a French artist who has lived in Chambéry for 27 years, is deeply rooted in the informal artistic experience of ...

Why rapes happen

Rape is one of the most effective war weapons and this is why the practice of it is so widespread. It is also a type ...

The inner fire

Luke 12:49-53Jesus was on a journey to Jerusalem, to the place where his destiny was fulfilled, and once again he wanted to remind both his ...

More dangerous to be a woman than a soldier

“From analysis of the wars throughout the world over the past 30 years, there is one fact which emerges clearly: it is more dangerous to ...

A real anthropological change

Feminism caused an earthquake which modified the very organization of our world. Can you explain it?The effects that the feminine claims had on our common ...

Do women exist?

Before addressing what today is a new and urgent topic – and that is, what can be the place of women today in society, in ...

She dried him with her hair

Luke 7:37-38“And behold, a woman of the city who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought ...

Simone de Beauvoir, mother of feminism

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. This simple sentence sums up the explosive content of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpiece which came out ...

When men wear the veil

It was Masih Alineja, an Iranian activist and journalist who lives in New York, who launched the protest of the veil. It all started with ...

Music, an obstinate promise of regeneration

The myth of Ulysses is a myth of solitude. In the 20th century the ungrantable desire for return becomes the narration of the uprooting of ...

Fleeing from South Sudan

Since the beginning of the conflict between loyalists and militants, nearly a month ago, about 60,000 people have fled from South Sudan. The data were ...

Yazidi women

Two years after what has been defined as a “mass extermination”, at the hands of the Jihadists of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), thousands of ...

Twice victims

Three thousand six hundred Nigerian women arrived in Italy in the first six months of 2016, but 80 per cent of them face a single ...

Morocco starts with schools

To stop violence against women we need to educate men. To fight against every form of violence it is necessary to start in the classroom. ...

Commission on the diaconate for women

For the first time in the Vatican Pope Francis has instituted an official commission made up of an equal number of men and women. Apart ...

Ruth: a female genealogy

In the book of Ruth a pro-women position is ostentatiously taken, everything is focused on women: one almost has the impression that the Hebrew text ...

In a stable in Australia

The feast day of Mary MacKillop is celebrated on 8 August. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, in January 1842, the first of eight children ...

An almost unexplored search

Giovannella Baggio has been involved in AGESCI (Italian Association for Guides and Scouts) and held the roles of President of the Central Committee (1980-1985), and ...

History of the biological difference

Different epochs have expressed different scientific views of the differences between men and women, elaborated on the basis of the knowledge of the time but ...

The first revolution of Jesus

As Jesus said this (having cast out a demon that was dumb), “A woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him ‘Blessed ...

Rebuilding hopes

Reconciliation is a subject whose roots are to be found in our recent past in the mass genocides and exterminations of the 20th century, but ...

Catholic Press Association prize

Catholic Women Speak: Bringing our Gifts to the Table is the title of a book that collates the stories of the lives of women who ...

The fight against discrimination starts with language

After numerous protests, Fiat Argentina has withdrawn from circulation the manual provided for recently purchased cars. The “Manual del Buen Uso”, contains several offensive sentences ...

Defying ISIS on bicycles

With the slogan “Free Community” a group of young Kurdish women took to the streets pedalling bicycles to protest against the laws that define women ...

New law against prostitution in France

After Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom, France becomes the fifth country of the European Union to adopt a hard line against the clients ...

So many women in the Iranian parliament

In the whole history of the Islamic Republic of Iran it is the first time that women out-number the ayatollahs in the parliament. In addition ...

Games for life

The international network of consecrated life against people trafficking has launched a campaign inviting tourists bound for the Rio Olympic Games to report all forms ...

Lessons of forgiveness in the feminine

A lovely English film on the war in Northern Ireland is entitled ’71 – it takes place in Belfast, divided into two sectors, the Catholic ...

Gentle and lowly of heart

Matthew 11:25-30The words with which Jesus thanks the Father for having revealed the Good News to babes rather than to the wise are introduced in ...

The ‘via pulchritudinis’ of the Benedictine women of Orselina

“Come and see” (Jn1:39) the Sisters of Orselina in Canton Ticino say often. A glance at a website is not enough, it is necessary to ...

​Bathsheba

Bathsheba appears three times in biblical narrative. In 2 Samuel 11, Bathsheba, wife of David’s retainer Uriah, is portrayed as a beautiful and forbidden source ...

A martyr like Praxedes

We were the “odd ones out” in an organized group which had just finished the guided visit to the four major basilicas. She was black, ...

At the outset only a dream

At the beginning they were barely a dozen. They then became thousands. They would meet at the market place because it was there that the ...

A woman of peace

Assessing the present situation in Northern Ireland, David Stevens, the late leader of the Corrymeela community, noted that there is a prevalence of the peace ...

A palm tree between hostile worlds

The house of the Salesian Sisters in Jerusalem is located in the Musrara district which sprung up outside the walls of the Old City at ...

Salvation through the future generations

More than 20 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda. After a slow process of rebuilding, the people have committed themselves to the even ...

The riches of dependence

Having overcome the numerous legal obstacles, however have women had such difficulty in affirming themselves in those areas occupied in the past by men? In ...

​360 years for the rape of indigenous women in Guatemala

The condemnation was confirmed in Guatemala last February of two soldiers for raping indigenous women who had to wait more than 30 years for justice. ...

Mothers for ever

It all began with the rounds of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. At the height of the Argentine dictatorship, in 1976, some women, their ...

​Dorothy Day towards the altars

The Archdiocese of New York has announced the opening of the canonical inquiry – a collection of testimonies on the life and works of the ...

​The crisis does not stop women in Italy

More technological, more digital, readier to take up a challenge: the crisis has not stopped women: 35,000 new female businesses entered the market from 2010 ...

​More practising than men

At the global level women who identify with a religion, pray daily and describe their religion as “very important” are more numerous than men, according ...

​Hindu widows and the prohibited colour

Five hundred of them demonstrated on the streets of Lalitpur against a traditional practice of their religion which has discriminated against them for centuries. According ...

Like an adventure story

In the galleries of the Accademia, Venice, an altarpiece is kept which Tintoretto painted for the church of the women’s Benedictine convent of Santi Cosma ...

The woman who brought forth the prophet

The first Book of Samuel begins by presenting the history of one of the most fascinating women of the Old Testament, Hannah, the mother of ...

The mother, icon of the Pietà

On Golgotha the Virgin holds the body of Christ deposed from the Cross in her lap before it is carried to the tomb. In art ...

Weep not for me, O Mother

The icon entitled Weep Not for Me, O Mother [also, Do Not Lament Me O Mother] appears in the Russian tradition from the 16th century. ...

Gestures of love

For eight years Angela Bertelli, a Xaverian missionary, has directed the House of Angels for disabled children and their mothers on the outskirts of Bangkok.What ...

Gift and contradiction

Luke 1: 57-66 John the Baptist was an extraordinary prophet, teacher and friend of Jesus. In following him, and then to the very end, Jesus ...

An investigation of female identity

To seek to delve a little more deeply into investigating female identity: this is the goal that we are setting ourselves in the next three ...

Once again the Visitation

We are beginning the fifth year of women church world with a major innovation – a change in format – but also with a return: ...

Accepting the Struggle

Mark 9:38–50 Jesus speaks grave words to his disciples on the need to avoid causing scandal, to be neither and obstacle to the little ones ...

Ende, God’s Picture-maker

En depintrix (or Ende pintrix) et Dei aiutrix. “En (or Ende) God’s helper and picture-maker.” Ende’s signature appears on the colophon of the so-called Beato ...

A Woman Was a Judge of Israel

We meet the figure of Deborah in the Book of Judges and the biblical writers must have considered her quite important to have dedicated a ...

A Story as True as a Movie

“It’s a story difficult to stage,” the director admits. He feels the gaze of the nineteen-year-old girl on him, attentive, and he prefers to do ...

Two Extraordinary Motherhoods

The story of the Visitation (Lk 1:39–45) is often pointed to as the model of a fruitful exchange between women, and helps one understand how ...

On the bench in our church

You move. You give a start. You spring up. And you show me, once again, that the Word is able to speak, every time in ...

Elizabeth’s ‘no’

Together with that of Mary, the figure of Elizabeth, – wife of the priest Zechariah and mother of John the Baptist – is proposed by ...

The Salone del libro

At the Turin ‘Salone del libro’,on Sunday, 14 May, Anna Foa and Fr Sergio Massironi will present the book by Giulia Galeotti and Lucetta Scaraffia, ...

An unfeminine apple

The high technology sector reveals unexpected inequalities. In the management of Apple there are 3 women out of 18, while at Microsoft there are only ...

The iron curtain

Women continue to be discriminated against in the Regole d’Ampezzo, the institute of traditional collective properties in the area of Cortina. An attempt to equalize ...

Social policies for maternity

Each extra month of paid maternity leave brings a 13 per cent reduction in child mortality rates in low-income countries and the developing world. This ...

Fisherwomen in Sri Lanka

The national Fisherwomen Federation of Sri Lanka has proposed national policies that aim to improve the condition of women living in the north and in ...

A cooperative in North Kivu

One can make a new start even with a basket of fish. Like the women who, every day, arrive in the market of Rubare, a ...

An image of ecumenism

“In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah ...

We are born from an encounter

When one arrives at the Tre Fontane where the Little Sisters of Jesus live, the atmosphere changes: the noise of the traffic on the street ...

A new and improved “Women Church World”

Beginning with its May issue, L’Osservatore Romano’s new and improved monthly instalment of “Women Church World” takes the form of a magazine. Forty pages, in ...

The gaze of Jewish women

We are at a turning point in the relations between Christians and Jews, marked by the recent document of the Commission for Religious Relations with ...

In order not to mutilate the Torah

For centuries, in countries in which culture, Christian or Muslim, left its mark on the computation of time, on the landscape, on the customs and ...

Two women for one place

Everyone knows it: in paradise the saints, together with the angels, sing the glory of God immersed in his beatific vision. But even there in ...

Women environmental sentinels

Too much or too little rain is causing a progressive humanitarian emergency: according to a report of the Environmental Justice Foundation, by 2050 climatic refugees ...

Saving adolescent mothers in Malawi

The phenomenon of child mothers is a reality that afflicts many women in Malawi. In the majority of the districts in the south of the ...

Sr Dorothy killed eleven years ago in Brazil

Many farming families in Anapu, in the south of Pará, Brazil, gathered to commemorate the murder 11 years ago of Sr Dorothy Stang. The 73-year-old ...

Kenyan women stimulate the country’s economy

The economy of Kenya is supported by women: indeed recent data show that 60 per cent of the economically active section of the population is ...

A buggy for mothers in wheelchairs

The problem of Sharina Jones, a physically disabled mother, was complex. Her unachievable dream was to go out alone with her son: since she had ...

​The first law against domestic violence in China

The first law passed in China against domestic violence is aimed at stopping physical and psychological abuse. According to the Xinhua agency, the legislation – ...

Inquisition and impurity

In the second half of the 15th century, forced conversion of the Jews in the Iberian Peninsula led to the adoption by many of the ...

Miriam, the prophetess

Miriam (or Mary, according to how each version translates the name Miryām) is one of the most interesting figures in the Bible. She is mentioned ...

Eve loses the power of speech

Delphine Horvilleur has been a rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France (MJLF) since 2008. Journalist and editor-in-chief of the Jewish magazine Tenou’a on ...

It may have been necessary

Living in the world, giving life to it: whether or not they are mothers, lay women or believers, women have always done this. It is ...

The important thing is action

Lea Sestieri was born in Rome on 31 May 1913, in the house on Via Catalana, later given to the Jewish community and in which ...

Tamar’s veil

The tale of Tamar’s adventure, in chapter 38 of the Book of Genesis, appears at first to be a series of enigmatic scenes until we ...

A devouring passion

“St Battista's life, totally immersed in divine depths, was a constant ascent on the way of perfection, with a heroic love of God and her ...

​On three conditions

In the Church in post-conciliar times, ever since Pope John, with his prophetic discernment, identified the entrance of women into public life as being among ...

​Women in prayer at the Wailing Wall

years they have been going to the Wailing Wall, clad in the ritual scarves and staking their claim to undertake a forbidden practice: to pray ...

​Women with disabilities: business women in Gaza

The story was told by Michela Trigari in the magazine SuperAbile: in the Gaza Strip Iman Al Rantisi and Mona Al Masri, who are both ...

​A stop to child brides in Zimbabwe

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe has outlawed child marriages, deliberating that no one may be married before reaching the age of 18. The ruling is ...

​The Chaldean monastery in Tehran reopens

On the eve of the meeting at the Vatican of Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran, and Pope Francis, it was possible to reopen the Chaldean ...

​Street girls and boys in Bolivia

Every two evenings a team of professionals from Casa San José goes out on to the streets of Quillacollo, a municipality in the urban area ...

​“Our Sunday Visitor’s” women of the year

Every 12 months the American paper Our Sunday Visitor compiles a list of Catholics who have distinguished themselves during the year just ended by their ...

​Women’s Islam

Rabat, January 2016: Ouman, a nurse for 25 years, and Fatmata, a 38-year-old teacher, both from Guinea, speak of a graphic reportage by Cinzia Leone, ...

Vision

The film is coming to an end, there are only a few minutes to go. The story of Hildegard of Bingen from her childhood to ...

Spiritual mercy

In 2013, the cycle of sermons dedicated to works of spiritual mercy held in Spoleto in the context of the Festival of the Two Worlds ...

​And if it were a sermon?

We are publishing here the commentary of the nun of Bose on Lk 7:36-8:3, from her book “La follia del vangelo” (Qiqajon, 2014).Once again the ...

​Women who preach

In Jesus’ times, no one among the poor was poorer than a widow, a woman without a man, hence without either rights or protection. The ...

As if the stars did not shine

Cologne, 1163: from the pulpit of the majestic cathedral, the old abbess of Bingen gave her eagerly awaited sermon. All the clergy of the city ...

My vocation is to preach

How do you cope with being Catholic, feminist and Swedish and a Dominican sister? How is it possible to become a Catholic after having been ...

​The Sisters of Solidarity with South Sudan aggressed

In the January issue of women church world we interviewed Sister Yudith Pereira Rico, in charge of the international office of Solidarity with South Sudan, ...

A nomad called Hagar

Hagar was an Egyptian slave girl of Sarai, Abram’s wife. It is most likely that she joined Abram’s family when Abram and Sarai migrated to ...

Over and above the rules

On the threshold of the sixth century a woman was celebrated by a Pope, Gregory the Great, with a description that encapsulates the whole of ...

Speaking, advising and deciding

From my first intervention at the recent Synod of Bishops the media took only the proposal to study the possibility of ordaining women to the ...

​The mayor’s pension

Having reached the age of 65, Bruna Sibille, the Mayor of Bra, has earned the right to a regional pension for her activity as councillor ...

​The weakest among the weak

A woman forced to have sex with people smugglers to “earn her family’s onward journey”; another beaten unconscious because she repelled advances from a Hungarian ...

​Suelem, a portrait by Vik Muniz

The woman in the picture here is Suelem – a scavenger in Rio de Janeiro on one of the biggest rubbish dumps in the world ...

​Légion d’Honneur awarded to Sr Cécile Renouard

A sister too was among the personalities awarded the Légion d’Honneur, the highest recognition in France. She is Cécile Renouard, an Assumptionist Sister. As an ...

​Birth of the Union of Women’s Religious Orders in Indonesia

The Union of Women’s Religious Orders, which brings together 17 congregations of women religious, has been founded in Indonesia. At a meeting in Bandung the ...

Tenda del Magnificat

If we were to take a photograph from the outside of the Tenda del Magnificat [tent of the Magnificat] we would see some women who ...

​The Beast that crosses Mexico

It seems impossible to think that people are still leaving when death along the way has become a common story. And yet thousands every year ...

With the German bishops

Women were a rarity at German universities when on 17 May 1907 Maria Schmitz, a teacher and centrist politician of Cologne, together with other Catholics ...

Associations of Christian women

The lack of female solidarity is one of the many stereotypes that concern women: they are assumed to be so busy attracting the attention of ...

To decide on the Church’s future

The sisters seem younger than their age, thanks to their absorbing lives and their involvement in ever new experiences. I was thinking about this as ...

Divine mechanisms

A widespread opinion holds that friendship between a man and a woman is not possible unless there is (or has been) a sexual relationship between ...

​A prize for the mayor of Lampedusa

Giusi Nicolini, the woman mayor of Lampedusa and Linnosa, was awarded the 2015 Peace Prize sponsored by the civil movement Die Anstifter of Stuttgart and ...

​The Jubilee of the UISG

Last 8 December the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) celebrated the first 50 years of its existence at the service of women religious across ...

​The Mothers of Mare Nostrum

“They are the mothers of the desaparecidos of our home or, rather, of Mare Nostrum”, wrote Tonio Dell’Olio in “Mosaico di Pace” “They are the ...

Paula’s way

A curious destiny, that of Paola, a saint celebrated of course for her many virtues but always with the air of having been set behind ...

​Optimism for American women religious

A new study on American Catholic sisters debunks some commonplace assumptions: in reply to the many Cassandras, the report Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today drafted ...

Why Do They Hate Us?

The double struggle of Islamic women is the subject examined by Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American journalist, who lives in New York and Cairo, in Perché ...

Collaboration between women and men

If we look at the Church from the outside the impression we get from any Vatican ceremony, any high-level meeting concerned with the future, any ...

Fr Pepe and women

It is not possible to describe Fr José María “Pepe” Di Paola solely through his works in the villas miserias of Buenos Aires, the improvised ...

Sarah’s Laughter

Sarai is one of Israel’s matriarchs who, along with Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, contributed to the birth of its people and the construction of its ...

The difference affirmed by living together

“May the Lord bless you on your arrival and on your return”. Men and women, women and men in the same Church and in the ...

A paradigm for the Church

“Did God really call her?” asked Sr Yudith’s niece, opening her eyes wide, when her mother told her the story of this aunt who lives ...

​Sr Zenaide and Sr Vanderleia in Haiti

The inter-congregational religious community of Haiti is to receive two more Brazilian missionaries: Sr Zenaide Laurentina Mayer of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of ...

​Christian women against domestic violence in Syria

In the context of the “My dignity” project, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Jordan has published a Guide to Protection from Domestic Violence. ...

​Stop Child Brides in Guatemala

Guatemala has finally approved a modification to its Code of Civil Law which now sets 18 as the minimum age for marriage for both girls ...

The Seven Works of Mercy

The clandestine immigrant, Luminita (Olimpia Melinte) survives thanks to pickpocketing at the expense of people at least as badly off as her. And in order ...

​Maternal mortality halved but much remains to be done

In the past 25 years maternal mortality in the world has almost halved but only nine countries have reached the objectives set by the United ...

The Gates of Heaven

Writing rather as though it were a thriller, in Le porte del cielo. I giubilei e la misericordia (il Mulino, 2015) [The Gates of Heaven. ...

​A prize for our colleague Dorota Swat

There is a photograph of the solemn ceremony which took place on 9 November at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, where President Andrzej ...

Women and the Jubilee of Mercy

Jubilee and mercy belong to everyone in equal measure, as much to women as to men. If the Jubilee, a period for the forgiveness of ...

The Dove and the Ant

Many of us grew up with tales of tremendously human animals that talked, narrated by the French writer and poet Jean de La Fontaine (1611-1695) ...

Hospitality for pilgrims in Rome

The first Jubilee in Christian history was in 1300, proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII. An enormous influx of pilgrims arrived in Rome, so many that ...

Veronica and Helen

Rome succeeded in imposing itself as the first pilgrimage destination thanks to the fact that it preserved what were considered the most important relics of ...

Visceral mercy

“Chi misericordia ha, misericordia trova” [the merciful will find mercy” the [Italian] proverb says. In only five words popular wisdom has condensed a burning issue ...

A woman of disconcerting and mysterious words

Bl. Sr Maria Clementina Anuarite Nengapeta was born in 1939 to pagan parents on the outskirts of Wamba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ...

What God are you?

We publish here excerpts from the short story by the Austrian Jewish writer entitled “Rachele litiga con Dio” (Roma, Elliot, 2015, 48 pages, euros 7.50) ...

Around the family

Taking part in the round table on the family held on 16 November in the offices of L’Osservatore Romano and coordinated by Lucetta Scaraffia were ...

The long journey of African women

In Africa male-female bipolarity is lived in a relationship of dialectic tension as yet unresolved: in the African conception, apart from a few encouraging exceptions, ...

The family as a natural environment

In Africaone can become a member of a family in various different ways: as well as biological birth, alliance, the blood pact, marriage, and so ...

A counselling centre ahead of its time

For anyone who visits the medieval town of Norwich in the south-east region of England known as East Anglia, not far from the North Sea ...

Motherhood and feminism

How can it possibly be that today’s Western society, the offspring of the generation of women who created feminism in the 1960s, is still so ...

​A corridor protected by women in Kenya

Michela Trevisan told a splendid story in Combonifem of a redemption by women in Kenya, thanks to a programme against deforestation and to 550 women ...

​Livia’s message to the condominium

On October 7, in La Repubblica, Antonio Caramassi, a reader from Follonica, told the story of Livia, a Romanian domestic help who cared for an ...

​Two Iraqi sisters among the refugees in Erbil

Afnan and Alice are the names of the two Little Sisters of Charles de Foucauld who, a few weeks ago, chose to live in a ...

​A woman at the synod speaks up for women

“The Church has made a decisive contribution in defining and disciplining the family; she is thus in a privileged condition for proposing models of new ...

Afrika is a woman’s name

Three women, three countries, three societies and one continent: that is the essence of the documentary by Ingrid Sinclair, Bridget Pickering and Wanjiru Kinyanjui Afrika ...

Desert Children

Waris Dirie was born in Somalia, in the middle of the desert. And from there, after undergoing the traumatic rite of genital mutilation as a ...

​Mother of ten thousand children

Born in a family of the Tutsi minority, in 1994 Margherite Barankitse founded in her country Burundi, decimated by civil war, the Maison Shalom, a ...

​Head and heart

Since March 2012 the Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has been Sr Hermenegild Makoro, an extremely rare case of a woman ...

A path to illuminate

In Africa days are marked by the trajectory of the sun. People wake at dawn and go to sleep shortly after sunset. In the streets ...

The sentinel of Bukavu

At the time when Jesus was working the miracle on the woman with an issue of blood, the condition of women was not very different ...

I never lie

Annunziata did not want to leave Palestine, for this reason we delayed the departure, while Onorata, Immacolata, Consolata, Fortunata and Addolorata accepted immediately: they always ...

When horror encounters listening

It can happen when you are least expecting it, in the street or in the bar, in a queue or in a shop. Twenty years ...

Razia, a Pakistani Christian woman saved from poverty

In AsiaNews Shafique Khokhar tells the story of Razia Irshad who is 46 and is the mother of 7. They live in the countryside in ...

​Hildegard’s flower bed

A flower bed organized according to the concept of viriditas of the Doctor of the Church, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): this is the pride of ...

​Forgiveness in exchange for the truth

“We are prepared to forgive the killers, whoever they are and for whatever crime they committed against our loved ones; however, we want to know ...

​The tomb of Marianela García Villas found

It was 13 March 1983 when 34 year-old Marianela García Villas was tortured and killed, three years after the assassination of the archbishop with whom ...

Beautiful people

Susanna, a fifty-year-old psychologist, works with abused women: which is why, when on her way back to her country house she sees a very young ...

Letters from brothels

To support her proposed legislation for the abolition of brothels, Senator Lina Merlin, together with Carla Barberis, decided to publish (Lettere dalle case chiuse, Milan-Rome, ...

Mademoiselle Fifì

There is an age old tendency in literature and cinema: to romanticise and sweeten the world of prostitutes. One writer, however, who followed a very ...

Sr Lea’s great network

Sr Lea Ackerman is the most famous woman religious in Germany. For 20 years now she has been fighting beside women deprived of their rights, ...

Saved

For centuries, indeed it would be more correct to say for millennia, women have been judged by the use they made, or more often than ...

The dark side of the family

Poor Liza. Poor Paulina. Poor Patricia. They have all had their wings clipped. Blows, domestic violence, torture. The Way of the Cross has many faces. ...

Men’s business

Sr Eugenia Bonetti was a river in spate. She talked about her mission, her meetings with “street women and women of the night” with the ...

What must change?

Why does the Church, understood as a hierarchy, or at least a part of it, have difficulty – not to say almost refuses – in ...

The Thorn Birds

One of the common themes of popular literature has always been the guilt-ridden love of a priest for a woman, requited by a passion that ...

To Priests

“He loved her as his mother, he lived in obedience. Though he was God, he respected her every word”. John Paul II’s Letter to Priests ...

The Priest’s Wife

After a failed love affair, Valeria (Sophia Loren) wants to go into rock music as shown in psychedelic posters plastered all over her room as ...

Teilhard de Chardin and women

Most people know Teilhard de Chardin as a scientist and a priest, but few know that he was also a great lover. As a scientist ...

​Women and priests

We are absolutely convinced: it is a key issue for the Church’s future. Too long neglected due to misogyny, fear, convenience and ignorance, the question ...

​Helping women refugees in Bangkok

They are women refugees in Bangkok from Asian and African countries, such as Somalia and Pakistan, where they faced wars and systematic rape and oppression. ...

Myriam Cortés Diéguez rector of Salamanca

For the first time in its history, the new rector of the pontifical university of Salamanca is a woman: Myriam Cortés Diéguez, 51, a celebrated ...

​Tribal priestesses for millet in India

While up to 60 years ago millet occupied 40 per cent of the lands cultivated with cereals in India, today – in spite of its ...

​Men and women Dominicans in Amazonia

A hundred years ago, 1915, the Dominican sisters arrived in Peru from Spain to devote themselves to the pastoral and social care of the indigenous ...

The drama of girl brides in Nepal

A few months after the earthquake, the NGO Plan Internacional issued a warning of the risk of an increase in the traffic of under-aged brides: ...

Overturning the statistics

Years ago, but not even that many, seeing a sister in a seminary go up to her chair to impart lessons of theology or philosophy ...

In a seminary in order to to impart formation

Unmistakable, they were waiting for me dressed in white at Cagliari Airport; with joyful faces and motherly friendliness. Not by chance it was 22 July: ...

Like three sisters

Between the 17th and 18th centuries Cardinal Marco Antonio Barbarigo embodied the ideal of the bishop outlined by the Council of Trent, becoming an authentic ...

Latin American women

From the politics of activism for the defence of human rights, from science to art, Latin American history is peopled by women who have dictated ...

​The girls kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram

“No to abortion of girls released by Boko Haram who got pregnant as a result of rape and forced mating by some members of the ...

​Women scientists and the man scientist

He had said that it was “better not to have women in laboratories because we fall in love with them, they fall in love with ...

​Women religious for the migrants at Rio Branco

A new mission for the evangelical service of migrants of the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo - Scalabrinians has been officially inaugurated in the ...

​Mother stork’s instinct

Among the damage listed in the census after the fire in the town hall of Brunete, a small town 30 kilometres from Madrid, there is ...

​A management course for the sisters of Jerusalem

Twenty women religious of various religious communities present in Jerusalem have taken a course in the management of social and charitable projects organized in the ...

​The weaker sex

“At first glance” the editorial of the Economist said a few weeks ago, “the patriarchy appears to be thriving”, with men dominating, from politics to ...

All on the same day

At the age of 15 Maddalena had had many experiences: pills, sex chats with strangers, sex in a threesome. Yes, she had certainly lived. Yet ...

​The many colours of Esther’s story

The colours are what first strikes one on entering the square: the field, the flags, the tones of the Casa Rosada, and also those of ...

Ixcanul Volcano

Ixcanul (Volcano, 2015), is the first film of the Guatemalan film director Jayro Bustamante. It is the story of Maria, a teenager who lives in ...

Between one wave and another

One reads as an absorbing novel the book Tra un’onda e l’altra [Between One Wave and Another] by St Frances Cabrini. The tale of a ...

Paula

Isabel Allende is the niece of one of the best loved figures of Chilean history. With more than 20 books behind her, she ranks among ...

The rites of the land

This article was written for “Women Church World” by the team of catechists of the Parish of “San Francesco de Asis”, Ocopilla, Huancayo, Peru.The extreme ...

They started again from the matriararchy

Despite the heroism and courage of the Paraguayans the war ended with a massacre for Paraguay, given the obvious disproportion of the forces on the ...

​The country of women

“Even when by then the young and the old, / the son and the brother and the husband, / had fallen for ever... and when ...

That diploma never presented

Archbishop Óscar Romero was killed while he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador on 24 March ...

From absence to presence

The human heart cannot be satisfied without love, without union with the beloved. As in the Eucharist, so also in the family, we cannot experience ...

​Streaming the closing session of seminar Women Church World

This morning, Sunday, concludes the three-day international seminar on “The Church and the state of women today” hosted by L'Osservatore Romano's monthly, Women Church World..You ...

Live Streaming of the second day of the “Women Church World” seminar

Live Streaming of the second day of the “Women Church World” seminar Family is the theme of the second session of the international seminar on ...

Live streaming of International Seminar organized by “Women Church World”

An international seminar organized by "women church world", L'Osservatore Romano's monthly, is being held in the Vatican's Casina Pio IV. It's theme is “The Church ...

​After the cancer I give you my wig

The art of recycling knows no bounds. A French hairdresser is making a proposal to women cured of cancer who, of course, no longer need ...

​Toni Morrison says no

The special issue that The Nation has published to celebrate its 150th anniversary also includes the article by the American woman writer Toni Morrison, No ...

​Saritha and the New Delhi buses

She is called Vankadarath Saritha and is 30 years old: the first woman public bus driver in the history of India. After having worked as ...

​The first Italian Good Samaritan woman

Is it the ultimate expression of altruism or madness in its purest state? This is the doubt that arises in the presence of Good Samaritan ...

For wounded and lost families

After having considered the beauty of successful marriages and solid families and having appreciated the generous accounts of those who have stayed faithful to the ...

Aurea and the sea

Aurea looked at the sea. She had a great temptation to slip off her shoes, to lift her tunic and to dip her feet into ...

What does Mary Ann’s wound teach?

A strong, original and pervasive sense of humour is inseparable from the writings of Flannery O’Connor. Despite being frequently overlooked by readers and critics, it ...

​Data on the Nepalese

Of the almost 23 million Nepalese who live in rural zones (85 per cent of the population), almost 7 ½ million are women under the ...

​Ulema women in Morocco

“Increasing the number of Ulema women” in the religious institutions in Morocco: these are the recent directives imparted by the king of the North African ...

I wanted to be a Discalced Carmelite

A smile on every page, starting with the title Volevo fare la carmelitana scalza, ma mi hanno scambiata per un pesce d’aprile (Emi, 2014). Lucia ...

Mafalda

It is liberating, gives dignity and affirms the human being’s understanding of what happens to him: this is the essence of the irony in the ...

Sister Act

When it came out in 1992, Sister Act earned the box office 231 million dollars. In 1995 with its first broadcast on Italian television it ...

A theology of humour

Did Christ have a sense of humour? Can traces of his smiles be seen in the Gospel? Let us look at him for example, in ...

Women and irony

“The advantages of being a woman artist”: It was in 1998 that the group of radical American feminist artists Guerrilla Girls published a pointed manifesto ...

The gift of laughter

A Church capable of humour which follows Jesus learning from him how to smile and laugh and which isn’t afraid of being blamed or tamed ...

The Christmas of the Poor or Our Lady of the Metro (1945)

On the platform of the Metro. The Blessed Virgin (she is holding her baby Jesus closely swaddled Already1,945 years have passed! And how like human ...

Reflections on Failed Pastoral Care

"Reality is seen better from the periphery than from the center." Francis is convinced of this. He reiterates it in an interview with "La Cárcova ...

Volha and the Hermitess of the Desert

"Saint Mary of Egypt was born in the fifth century," recounted the old woman to the child, "and was soon drawn to the great city ...

​The Paradox of Hunger

"First of all, being a nutritionist at the FAO" – explains Charlotte Dufour – "means wondering, on the one hand, why there are still 800 ...

​The family according to Dolce and Gabbana

The #DGfamily Project was born in 2013. It asks its participants to send a photograph of their own family: not even two years later more ...

In Tunis Dialogue starts with women

It is Giada Frana who told the story of the “White Sisters” in Tunis on www.santalessandro.org. Their name comes from their white clothing, adapted to ...

​The Niwano peace prize goes to Esther Ibanga

The latest Niwano Peace Prize which aims to “honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to interreligious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause ...

​Kavitha from the tsunami to children in difficulty

On 26 December 2004, while her mother was on the beach selling fish and Kavitha was at home in the village of Samiyapettai with her ...

​The Koran revisited by women

“The real problem is ignorance”: Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh, a Muslim theologian who teaches Islamic studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, goes straight to the ...

Noah

It is better not to look for similarities with or contradictions of the biblical text in Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah (2014); it would be a ...

The Green Belt Movement

It was in 1977 that the Kenyan biologist Wangari Maathai (1940-2011, the first Central African woman university graduate launched her challenge: to combat the wild ...

Next

“This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren’t”, Michael Crichton wrote at the beginning of Next (2006) [the author’s statement, printed on the ...

The voice of mud

People have a right to have children born in a place where they can grow up. A part of humanity, for example, lives in the ...

Hildegard’s egg

Hildergard of Bingen (1098-1179), the German Benedictine nun, is one of the most outstanding figures in medieval history. Indeed she played an important role not ...

A very special white house

The inhabitants of Huaycán call it the “White House”. From their huts on the sandy mountains 20 kilometres from Lima, they feel consolation as they ...

Women and ecology

"What is the relationship between ecology, and women and the Church?” some readers might wonder, looking with amazement at the theme of our April issue. ...

New Humanism

In 1932, Aldous Huxley’s negative utopia Brave New World showed the terrifying image of humanity conceived in a purely biologistic and manipulated manner, where humans ...

A barren wife

A royal couple in the year 1000: Cunegunda and Henry II. Their encounter may have been due to urges of the heart and love, but ...

Teresa’s ‘marrano’ grandfather

Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada was born in Avila in 1515. Her father’s family came from Toledo and her grandfather, Juan Sánchez, was a ...

​Rights and dignity for women workers in Pakistan

Guaranteeing health-care assistance, the protection and safety of women workers; adopting a code of conduct that safeguards women from injustice and abuse; creating for them ...

​The sun of Kabul

Her name, Shamsia, means “sun”: well, the rays of this sun, a young 27-year-old sculpture teacher at the Fine Arts Faculty in Kabul, have for ...

​Loppiano premia Fabiola Gianotti

The Renata Borlone, Woman in Dialogue Prize went to Fabiola Gianotti, who will be the next Director General of CERN in Geneva. This prize is ...

​Deborah Sawyer

In her report that inaugurated the celebrations in Terni for the fifth centenary of Teresa’s birth, Deborah Sawyer, a theologian from the University of Lancaster, ...

A sober portrait

There aren’t many films about St Teresa of Avila. Probably the best one of which traces remain, although it is far from easy to find, ...

A writer’s life

The most beautiful biography of Teresa is Teresa d’Ávila, with the subtitle Biografia di una scrittrice, written by the Communist Hispanist Rosa Rossi, which came ...

A universal figure

“Great difficulties are the salt of life; it is necessary to fight for what one believes in”. In these words the Spanish writer Jesús Sánchez ...

Five hundred years with Teresa

How many mothers, how many parents have chosen her name for their daughters. How many women religious (many of whom in their turn became blesseds ...

The metamorphoses of Teresa

Teresa’s strong personality emerged with too great a freedom in the Church of the Counter-Reformation: already the first editions of her works were purged of ...

The world is on fire

It is hard to sum up Teresa of Avila’s spirituality, it is so rich and subtle. However what can be said to present her is ...

The modernity of a mystic

“I came across Teresa”, Julia Kristeva told us, “at a publisher’s request: I spent about 10 years with the extravagant Spanish nun whom I had ...

​Manuels for jihadist mothers

The role of women in the jihad is the title of a manual recently presented on the internet by the extremist group of the Islamic ...

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

It was in giving poor Chinese children, many of whom were orphans, a reason for living after so much fear and suffering that the courageous ...

​Business initiatives in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica the latest national census of families confirms that the unemployment rate in the Central American country is far higher among women than ...

Dorothy Day

“When I was your age and went to the University of Illinois”, Dorothy Day (1897-1980) said one day to a group of students, “the poor ...

​A centre for women and children in Dosso

In the attempt to improve health-care coverage in the Dosso region in the far south-west of Niger, a project is being implemented for building a ...

La Mennulara

Mennulara is the almond-picker, the poorest of the poor. The novel by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, La Mennulara (Feltrinelli, 2002; English translation: The Almond-Picker, Farrar, Straus ...

​Against theincrease in births by caesarean section

“As a physician, teacher and health policy researcher, I thought I was pretty savvy about health care in the United States. But nothing prepared me ...

​Teachers raped and killed in Myanmar

The army of Myanmar tortured, raped and killed Maran Lu Ra (20 years old) and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin (21 years old), volunteer Christian teachers ...

Nothing is born from diamonds

The history of the comedores in Villa el Salvador — located in the southern suburbs of Lima — is a history of resistance and fraternity, ...

In the folds of her mantle

Clare favoured “the privilege of poverty most attentively”, as the sisters who lived with her at San Damiano testified, because “she had a special love ...

Tears of strength

“There will always be poor people in your midst”, Jesus said, not of course so that we may be resigned to their destiny but rather ...

God’s caress

Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor… This demands that ...

A hungry soul

“Everyone should move in the direction marked out by his own heartbeats” said Paul Klee, and I think that his gentle, profound and meaningful words ...

Poverty means being free

Suor Małgorzata is concerned with the homeless and the poor. She only came to Rome for a few days. When we met her, she had ...

Within the intricate pattern of relationships

A reflection on the family, at this time when the Church is questioning herself, is an important opportunity, but certainly not an easy one, in ...

On the way

The two women on their way to Bethlehem appear almost as a single figure in this work in water colour and tempera on paper by ...

A most beautiful risk

The celebration of the Synod on the Family was an extraordinary opportunity to deepen recognition of the revelation and to enrich the transmission of doctrine. ...

You captured me too

Important letters of the famous correspondence between Jerome and Marcella have been preserved. They are from Jerome to his authoritative disciple, sometimes described as teacher ...

That triple dose of antibiotics

“Let us think of the sisters living in hospitals: they live on the frontier”, Pope Francis said in his interview with La Civiltà Cattolica in ...

A different actress

Last month Virna Lisi died in Rome. She was an actress deeply loved by the public, partly because her decisions were quite unexpected. After signing ...

Carmen Iglesias and the academy

The Spanish Real Academia de la Historia di Spagna, a most prestigious institution for the study of history – political, military, scientific, literary, art and ...

The volunteer of the year

The Federation of Christian Organizations for International Volunteer Service (FOCSIV) awarded a prize to Maria Luisa Cortinovis for her work with children in Ecuador. Thanks ...

Make-up course for blind women

Colours of darkness: thanks to a course organized by the Unione Italiano ciechi e ipovedenti [Italian Union for the Blind and Partially Sighted] of Turin. ...

In Calcutta sisters in brothels to save prostitute slaves

Not only a powerful return to the contemplative dimension, but also a renewed commitment to action: for the Indian women religious this is the meaning ...

Marsella

Claire, a nine-year-old girl has two mothers – a biological mother, Sara and the other, a foster mother, Virginia. Problems of alcohol and drugs took ...

Carmina

The poetic and musical genius of Hildegard of Bingen, an authentic magistra of the women’s community in Disibodenberg, matches her theological speculation and her intense ...

The nocturnal traveller

At a time in history when the endemic conflicts between nations, religious and races are once again being embodied in constant violence perpetrated on women’s ...

Building houses for the poor

At almost 2,000 metres above sea level Nuwara Eliya is the highest city in Sri Lanka. It was founded by the British in the 19th ...

Sr Megumi’s candle

Megumi Kawano Maria Maddalena is a Japanese Xaverian Missionary. After several years of missionary service in Brazil today she lives in her own country. “Formerly”, ...

A history of miracles

Despite being a baroness and being entitled to be called “Lady” she does not like titles: “I belong to the House of Lords to do ...

Procreation

A body that is born from another body: this is what the word “procreation” means. It is women who procreate, when they give birth to ...

For a profound theology of woman

Lucetta Scaraffia: In the first of our theological sections Pierangelo Sequeri used a very significant expression, “epochal junction”, to mean that, at this time, society ...

A winter flower

In Sirmione on Lake Garda, in the Church of St. Anne a photo is displayed of an elegant young woman smiling. Her dark eyes do ...

Nine months of immense value

Even today in the world, 300,000 women die in a year (almost one per minute)from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, and one million babies ...

Mother and leader in the office

The Maternity As a Master (MAAM ) study carried out by Andrea Vitullo and Riccarda Zezza was widely covered by the Italian press. Its results ...

Prize for Professor Wu and her students

The Government of Taiwan has awarded the first prize for multimedia innovation on AIDS prevention to the head of Blessed Imelda's Catholic School, the oldest ...

The first woman mayor of Yei killed

The corpse of Cecilia Oba Tito, the first woman to be Mayor of Yei in the south-west of South Sudan, was found – together with ...

Births on the rise in South Korea

For the sixth consecutive month the number of births in South Korea has increased. The data published by the National Statistics Office say so, showing ...

Domestic violence in Uganda

The Ugandan Church has set domestic violence at the heart of its Advent. The local Bishops’ Conference has in fact launched the campaign Decisions shared, ...

Call the midwife

The fascinating adventures of a group of girls who became midwives at a structure run by nuns – midwives and nurses themselves – in the ...

Of Woman Born

In 1976, when the new phase of female politicization was centred on rebellion against the maternal role and women were demanding professional affirmation and sexual ...

Odyssée de la Vie

After three weeks of life the embryo is as big as a pinhead but is already beginning to develop the cerebral hemispheres, spinal marrow and ...

Sixteen years and six months

“Desperate screams and sobs could be heard coming from the streets nearby. We were frightened, we didn’t know what to do. Many people ran to ...

Where a sister’s gaze can reach

We sisters often find ourselves plunged into the most dramatic situations in which we are called to give our lives, either the life of the ...

Feminism cannot but be pro-life

The idea of founding CORE (Comment on Reproductive Ethics) came to Josephine Quintavalle when the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the national authority in ...

Collaborators of the Creator

For Christ, the essential part, “the good portion” is listening to his word and putting it into practice. He never divides humanity into men and ...

​The denunciation of Dr Pranay Sinha

Pranay Sinha, a doctor in his first year of specialization at Yale, has written a very courageous article in the New York Times after two ...

​The Gaskell house

The sumptuous home of the British writer Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865 is being opened to the public for the first time. It has been restored and ...

​Women photographers and war

For more than a month the city of Caegu, South Korea, hosted a large exhibition, Women in War. It displayed the work of women photographers ...

​Thérèse Vanier’s prayer

“May oppressed people and those who oppress them set one another free. May those who are disabled and those who think they are not, help ...

Women intellectuals

Although women today play new roles in the cultural life of the Church – a woman has been appointed rector of a pontifical university, a ...

A handful of fruits and vegetables

That little thud was the sign of a daily feast - the thump the silver laid on the bare stone - announcing the midday meal ...

Listening

Krista Tippet is not only a voice on the radio but also a person with a rich intellectual and human profile. This may be deduced ...

From housekeepers to editors

This year marks the centenary of the founding of the Society of the Daughters of St. Paul. Founded by Giacomo Alberione, who earlier established a ...

Words that give an inner reading

Our relationship with the Scriptures is not over when we read them. In a symmetrical manner, the Scriptures themselves have as their aim to “read” ...

Life and Thought

We publish in advance excerpts of the piece French biblical exegesis scholar, winner of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize, contributed to theNovember issue of “Life and ...

Teacher’s Pet

The battle is fierce, and in the end she wins. The film Teacher's Pet (1958) sets forth two schools of thought. The one - embodied ...

Otherwise she would not be Church

“I particularly appreciate this question”, exclaimed Sr Mary Melone, a 50-year-old theologian, rector of the Antonianum since June – because so far the questions I ...

De Unterrichter Jervolino

"The basis of her commitment could not but be a direct reference to the women of the Gospel, Mary and Mary Magdalene, and St. Paul’s ...

The Group

A novel that marked the 20th century,The Group by American author Mary McCarthy was released in 1963. Eight girls fresh from university at the famous ...

Africa

We had planned this issue of Women Church World before we heard the terrible news of the three Italian sisters, Lucia Pulici, Olga Raschietti and ...

​Edith, spices and catholicism

Everything began with vanilla and the brilliant intuition of a lady who had come from afar: born in Madagascar in 1970 and arriving in Moncalieri, ...

​Combinofem reaches 80

“Mission and peoples, two realities that have constantly travelled through the pages of our periodical in the past 80 years of its history, naturally interwoven ...

​Natalina and the Congolese girls accused of witchcraft

“Before arriving in Bukavu I lived for 20 years at Birava, a little further north. Cholera was endemic, there was no drinking-water and in the ...

​Sr Luzia Premoli, the first woman to be appointed a member of a Congregation

The news is precious: among the new members of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peopled appointed by Pope Francis, beside the cardinals, bishops and ...

​The little girls of Sub-Saharan Africa

Jenet, who is 12 years old and lives in the Upper Region of Ghana, explained that she has to sell watermelons at the market to ...

The Last King of Scotland

In spite of its title The Last King of Scotland (directed by Kevin Macdonald in 2006) is a film on Africa. It tells of the ...

The Blue Tent

“I am sending you to Adwa”, the superior told her. “I vaguely remembered a colonial battle, indeed an Italian defeat; but at that moment nothing ...

We need new names

Darling flees from Africa but doesn’t find America. NoViolet Bulawayo’s book, We need new names (Little, Brown and Company, 2013) is fierce in the first ...

For a new spirituality of the African woman

World politics and the global economy are looking increasingly to Africa as in the next few decades it is set to become one of the ...

A beating heart

I have worked as a psychologist for various NGOs – non-governmental organizations that implement projects of cooperation – for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013, ...

The grace of the anthill

Anitoqiua is a region north-west of Columbia. It is characterized by majestic mountains, lush vegetation, fertile ground, and a kind and industrious people. It is ...

Passing on the testimony

“My Africa / I name you / for ever / and every time / a new sentiment / surprises me / Africa / with you ...

A star in illness

The Council Fathers recalled that “the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the men of our time, especially of those who are poor ...

A cry of pain from Berberati

Dear friends, my days have truly become strange and in the evening I’m a wreck.Two days ago I decided to lock myself at home and ...

The Gospel: the fundamental charter on the dignity of women

In the Aparecida document, the bishops teach that “man and woman, created in the image and likeness of God, possess an inviolable dignity at the ...

A child’s dream

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller — Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, austerely known as the Holy Office in days of old ...

When toys awaken us

A paleontologist, an astronomer and a chemist. Since August 2014, stores in Denmark sell a box of Legos called “Research Institute”. The box contains three ...

The Head of the Family in Sri Lanka

The village of Valipunam, 322 km north of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, is located in one of the remotest corners of the former war zone ...

Lorna Wing, a pioneer in the study of autism, has died

Lorna Wing, a British psychiatrist who made a fundamental contribution to the knowledge and treatment of people with autism, has died at the age of ...

Religious sisters as Chaplains?

A step forward on a path that may one day lead to consecrated religious sisters serving as military chaplains: six religious sisters have participated in ...

Discriminate Australian mothers

Maternity leave denied, contracts canceled, obstacles posed to career advancement, demotions and dismissals related to motherhood: according to a recent report issued by the Commission ...

Sisters of hospitality in Fermo

In the August issue of the Italian news and culture magazine, “The Voice of the Marches”, Sr Rita of the Little Sisters of Jesus, in ...

Women religious instructing disabled children in India

For disabled children the possibility of going to school is five times less likely to occur than for other children. This is one of the ...

La mia vita Autobiografia (1927-1977)

“The present”, Joseph Ratzinger has written in La mia vita. Autobiografia (1927-1977) [my life: an autobiography] – is not a specific date but the now ...

Hard without music

What with alcohol, the street and women; between a world on the outskirts described in colourful language with an extraordinary skill for analysis; between an ...

Questions about women

“The hour is coming, in fact [it] has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman ...

Avenida Belgrano, 2675

Avenida Belgrano 2675. Here along the street elderly ladies, widows in pearls, dark stockings and silver perms, trade umbrellas to face the long lines as ...

The chastity of the monk

The vow of chastity has been the defining factor of consecrated life from early Christian times. Of course monastic life was also inspired by the ...

Of Gods and Men

“ I have said: ‘You are gods, and all of you the sons of the Most High, but like men you shall die’” (Ps 82:6-7). ...

He never gets the date of my birthday wrong

Touching with a hand. On its own this would not of course be a treatment but it’s a good start. Putting oneself in the other ...

When the male voice sings of God

Liturgical music in the East developed above all from the vocal aspect: in other words it consists in the voices of the cantors, who are ...

Guided by them

“I owe much to women as regards the spiritual life”. It was not the first time that I had said this but this time my ...

Men

Male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27). Understood, criticized, exploited, read and re-read: this is the marvellous hymn to the difference whose mystery no ...

I know I won’t fall

At the end of the 1930s a child of barely four years old was running through the streets of Sinŭiju on the northern boundary of ...

The reason for this special issue

The Pope’s journey to Korea seems to be unfolding broad perspectives: “The Church in Asia holds great promise”, Francis said, well aware that in Korea ...

Ninety days for mothers

“I was only baptized in 1995 but I come from a Protestant family”, says Lee Mi-Kyung who – like many Koreans – became a Catholic ...

Like caresses in the wind

Robert Thaves, an American cartoonist, once said of Fred Astaire: “he is indeed very talented, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything that he ...

Columba’s treasure

“Columba Kang Wan Suk, catechist and martyr of the first Catholic Korean community, was born in 1761, in the province of Chungcheong”.These are the words ...

Brushstrokes of Christianity

“One night,”Professor Yoon tells his University of Seoul students, “Christopher was fast asleep when he heard a faint voice calling his name. (…) There in ...

The choir girls

“I was in Rome when Benedict XVI resigned: I realized it was true when I saw that the Pope’s twitter account had been suspended”. Yu-jin ...

Transformation

In an article that appeared in L’Osservatore Romano (March 8, 2014), Lucetta Scaraffia wrote, apropos reflection on the role of women (and men!) in the ...

Le meraviglie

There is a most delicate boundary in a girl’s life, between childhood and adulthood, when some see you as a child and others already look ...

In castro poenitentiae

Although it came out many years ago, In castro poenitentiae, Santità e società femminile nell’Italia medievale by Anna Benvenuti (Herder, 1990) remains, along with other ...

Femmes au désert

Wanting to know more about “the experience of Christian life lived to the highest degree of intensity”, a French religious sister went to talk on ...

Saved by a simple handkerchief

The “desert”, the pursuit of absolute remoteness from men and of continual closeness with God, entered into Russian spirituality in the 10th century, when a ...

The breath of prayer

The one who goes to the poustinia for the first time, for a day or two, will experience a certain amount of interior noise. The ...

In the silence and in the world

Antonella Lumini, a delicate woman with large bright eyes described as a “urban hermitess”, graciously came to meet me at the platform of the Florence ...

The choice of solitude

There are not only hermits but hermitesses as well, although many people tend to forget this fact since the latter is a dangerous life and ...

A friend of Jesus

I did not miss a word. Rumours about Him came from all sides: He healed a leper and a man possessed by the devil. He ...

Total theology

“One day the account of a miracle unexpectedly turned up in these pages; and it also suited me well because I was intending to celebrate ...

A fruit tree

A small tree laden with abundant fruit brought to the altar: this was how Fede e Luce – the international movement that brings together the ...

Women for Women in Morocco

In Morocco in recent decades very important steps forward have been taken in the field of health care for women and children. Nevertheless the mother-child ...

Children who emigrate alone and Sister Valdett

Year after year, from 2011 to this day the number of minors who risk their lives crossing Central America alone to reach the United States ...

Infibulated during the summer holidays

Sweden had a shock when the health services of Norrköping, a town with a population of 80,000, found that about 60 girls between the ages ...

Against Rape as a Weapon of War

In June the American actress, Angelina Jolie, and the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, opened the first international summit in London for the purpose of ...

A Prize for Anne-Marie Pelletier

For the first time the Ratzinger Prize for theology students has been awarded to a woman, Anne-Marie Pelletier, a Frenchwoman and an expert in biblical ...

Woods and towns

At Villa Fabri a real Thebaid (Egyptian desert) is portrayed. The aristocratic dwelling in Trevi stands on a slope commanding a view of the Spoleto ...

The woman thinks for herself

THE WOMAN AND THE HEN up to the neighbour’s house was a popular saying in the sixteenth century when Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada lived ...

Under a blazing sun

In the first verses of Mystic, a poem written in 1963, Sylvia Plath describes her existential condition as a kind of anguished paralysis: "The air ...

Sex has lost its space

Fifty years after the arrival of the pill. Thirty years after the discovery of HIV. What is sexuality like today in the internet age? Is ...

Failure to Assist

Powerful, evocative, imperious. The icon of the Good Samaritan appears in front of Don Giovanni Carpentieri each time he enters, along with a group of ...

​The kangaroo mothers of Senegal

In the cream-coloured ward of Albert-Royer Paediatric Hospital in Dakar three mothers were resting skin against skin with their prematurely born babies who sleep settled ...

​A garden of roses for Rita

Rome gave St Rita, the “saint of roses”, a double celebration last 22 May. Twenty-two students of the Accademia di Belle Arti in the Italian ...

​Sr Offale and the missionary children in Ethiopia

Having grabbed their exercise books in which were depicted the most salient scenes of the first Bible for children in the Oroma language, the first ...

​Women religious give trafficking a kick

On the eve of the World Football Cup that will be opening shortly in Brazil, Talitha Kum, the international network of women religious against trafficking ...

Gloria

At the age of 58, to flee loneliness Gloria still persists in seeking love, pleasure and sex. She is divorced, she has two adult children, ...

Women, sex and the Church

Abortion, sex, contraception, marriage, infertility: leafing through the index of the volume edited by the American Erika Bachiochi, Women, Sex and the Church: a Case ...

I am Charlotte Simmons

The freshman Charlotte is beautiful and intelligent. She has arrived with a scholarship from the mountains of North Carolina to study at Dupont University, the ...

So I began to throw myself away

“What do you think not committing impure acts means?”. “Might it mean not killing anyone, inside?” (a little girl in the third year of elementary ...

My beloved is mine and I am his

“There is nothing more beautiful than the Song of Songs” [Song of Solomon]: these words are spoken by one of the characters in The Man ...

When the State pilots procreative choices

“About ten years ago married women, mostly in their thirties, were coming to me wanting to know how to avoid becoming pregnant by using natural ...

Sexuality

The sexual revolution promised everyone happiness through pleasure. This goal seemed within easy reach of one and all and cost them nothing on condition that ...

Women for peace in Jerusalem

To recount their experiences of dialogue and reconciliation: this is the motive of the meeting entitled “Women of Faith for Peace”, which was held a ...

The headscarf debate in France

Why does the veil cause so much discussion in France? To ask the question in these terms is already a way to highlight one of ...

The magazine of caregivers

There are fewer and fewer births, the family is becoming more and more rare, the average age has lengthened, the crisis looms, and there are ...

The atheist scientist who ascertained the miracle

"The Church wanted scientific evidence for a spontaneous recovery and I have given it to them. I do not believe in God, but I cannot ...

The daughter of St. Peter

A Mass, a picture and a mysterious fresco: this is what remains of Petronilla. Every year, on May 31, Mass is celebrated in the Vatican ...

Bianca, the cheerleader in a wheelchair

A blue and white costume, bow in their hair and coordinated pompoms: this is how the cheerleaders of the Warriors of Bologna American football first ...

Las Patronas and the immigrants

For fifteen years, a group of Mexican peasants has been feeding immigrants who cling to the freight trains that pass in front of their fields. ...

Jeddah the city of women in purple

It is the people of Jeddah with their purpleabayas, instead of the traditional black, who are irradiating a path towards female empowerment in Saudi Arabia, ...

Millefeuille

Zaineb and Aicha - protagonists ofMillefeuille(2012) by Nouri Bouzid - are two young women, friends and cousins who live through Tunisia's revolution. Both want freedom ...

The faces of Mary

Sometimes it is a heavy but warm brown cloth (like a Russian icon dedicated to the Virgin of Tenderness), sometimes a revealing almost transparent veil ...

Do not tell me that you are afraid

Samia has racing in her blood. Together with her friend Ali, confidant and head coach, she runs through the streets of Mogadishu. She stretches her ...

Around the veil

“Photographs, some passport size, continued to pass under the eyes of Amerigo, all equally divided up into white and black spaces, the nose cone of ...

The return of the veil

Amira is sitting outside in a bar in the centre of Milan. Wearing jeans, t-shirt and eye make-up, she jokes and laughs with her friends ...

Kippahs and wigs

“Cover your head because the divine presence is always above it”, the Jewish texts prescribe. This prescription is much more rigid and binding for men ...

Because of the angels

Perhaps in response to the all too free behaviour of the faithful during the assemblies, Paul addressed to the young and lively community of Corinth ...

A royal crown

“Receive the veil and the holy habit that are the insignia of our consecration… and never forget that you are bound to the service of ...

Redeemed relationships

Pope Francis has spoken several times about the need “to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church” (e.g., Evangelii ...

Climbing higher

The topic of the presence of women in the Church is becoming ever more heated. Not that there was no discussion of it in the ...

New roles, new tasks

A reflection among women of the Church has been open for some time on their role and on the possible new tasks that will make ...

Limitation as a strong point

Flannery O'Connor, born 1925 in Savannah, Georgia, to parents of Irish origin, had little time at her disposal and she knew it: a Lupus erythematosus ...

Pride and responsibility

Pope Francis has been clear. In his discourse to the Rotal Judges [Judges of the Roman Rota] he recalled that a human profile is asked ...

Land covered too much or too little

For me as a Bible scholar these two verbs have become inseparable. In the biblical narrative God is certainly the first not to let himself ...

If the newspapers are changing the name of paedophilia

For some time, the Italian judiciary has been investigating a sex trafficking that took place in Rome where adult men abused, in exchange for money, ...

Women of Swaziland

The thirty year old Wezi Kunene has had her dream come true: in Manzini, Swaziland's main city, her native country, she runs a shop specializing ...

A thread for the Roma women of Milan

Taivè is a word in Romany language which means thread. And it is thanks to that thread that eight Roma women are succeeding in picking ...

Numbers on women in the world

Of about one billion and 300 million people living in extreme poverty around the world, 910 million are women. In other words,7 out of 10. ...

Nursery School in Mexico

In Mexico - where since 2000 the number of pregnancies among girls aged 12 to 19 years is increasing -young people abandoning their studies due ...

And the slaves of today

A little considered type of child slavery poorly kept in mind is the one found in countries like India and Nepal, where hundreds of children ...

The slaves of yesterday

Of the few words that the actress Lupita Nyong’ o pronounced when receiving the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the press has mostly ...

Female appointments in Egypt

"The situation remains difficult in Egypt, but the signs of hope for the revival of the local society should not be ignored". Thus, Wael Farouq, ...

Magdalene, spiritual manager

The French Revolution entailed a radical change in the role of women within the Church. In the pre-revolutionary world, there existed only one figure of ...

Monster's Ball

It's a tough film. Very tough. Especially for the psychological violence that –above all in the first half - digs and overwhelms like a relentless ...

Héroines de Dieu

The nineteenth century was the century in which the vitality and courage of women religious exploded, offering the world numerous examples of extraordinary dedication to ...

Bella mia

Many would be injured: a city, struck by a devastating earthquake; a family, battered by misunderstandings and grief; a young woman whose life has been ...

On a bus in Thailand

What will he have understood about my God? I 'm still asking myself this again after four months of conversation with a public transport driver. ...

Intellectual collective

"A newspaper like ours is a collective. Indeed, it is an ‘intellectual collective’ the wonderful expression that I inherited from Alain Remond, author of the ...

Only women

Imagine the Tuscan countryside in a Renaissance painting: the background of a picture by Pierodella Francesca or Leonardo da Vinci. Imagine the hills, the cypresses, ...

A plan of life

Many theological questions, but also matters concerning inter-Christian and interreligious – and not last, ethical and socio-ethical – dialogue, are settled on the basis of ...

Encounter with otherness

Art begins in a meeting with something far greater and stronger than we, whether it is called destiny or inspiration. All the protagonists of this ...

A symbol for our world

Michelangelo’s Pietà has not revealed all its mysteries. Far from it. Masterpieces are full of them and one can question them endlessly. It is their ...

Hidden under the piano

“I was overcome by wonder when, very small, I listened to music hidden under the piano. I had the impression that I myself was the ...

Like a prayer

You are a painter with a French name but you are Italian. What are your sources of inspiration?I’m Italian but above all I am Neapolitan, ...

Free to be what I was

Rome, March 9, 1440. The night is falling very slowly this evening. Sitting by the window I watch the last light of this mild day ...

Mother, help me!

Madre, aiutami!Is the title of an Italian television series which, after so many films that have had priests as protagonists, has finally decided to give ...

The humanity behind the walls

There are homelands that are absolutely unique in their rarity. This is the case of those very few dozens of people who were born in ...

Artemisia

"We play and chase after each other, Artemisia and I. And to stop us, there may be traps, from the most material and uncovered to ...

She has never been a good girl

In the Soviet Union, thankfully, a composer could receive a death threat for their style of musical composition. In 1936 a performance of the opera ...

Saving love everywhere

The urgent need for “a profound theology of women” that has not – so far – been sufficiently developed is re-emerging. Pope Francis has spoken ...

The Women of Bunker

Tilonia, a sleepy and forgotten little village in the north west of India, was the site chosen in the early seventies by Bunker Roy, a ...

Christina Stephens and the Lego prosthesis

Due to an accident at work, Christina Stephens – a young therapist and clinical researcher – had to have her her leg amputated, from the ...

The Festival of Dhaka

To represent women with more respect in films and, more generally, to improve the role of women in the world of the big screen and ...

Franz and Franziska

In 1943, an Austrian Catholic farmer, Franz Jägerstätter, was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal in Berlin because he refused to serve in ...

Children killed in Honduras

According to the NGO Casa Alianza, which helps to protect minors in Latin America, between January 2010 and December 2013 3,800 children and adolescents younger ...

Sister Carmen and human rights in Peru

She refused to sign a manufactured official report on the tragic conflict which took place in 2010 in Bagua, in the forest north of Peru, ...

Choir girls in Canterbury

After more than a thousand years, a revolution has taken place in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral: the male choir was joined for the first ...

Being women in Malawi

The majority leaves their studies early, they marry while they are still very young, they become mothers soon after, having on average around six children. ...

Birth of a new movement in India

To send a message of empowerment and dignity and to rediscover the role of women in the Church, leaving aside the clichés of subordination. To ...

We Want Sex

England 1968: the Ford factory with its fifty-five thousand workers is the industrial heartland of Essex. However while the men work in the new department, ...

Three Guineas

Three guineas available and three requests for money: it is in 1938 when Virginia Woolf, a British author, who was already a success, published a ...

David Golder

When Irène Nemirovsky wrote her short story David Golder (1929) she was accused of anti-Semitism. Indeed the main character is an elderly Jew who had ...

Proprietors taken for sales girls

The only case in Italy: seven women of different ages and nationalities united in a fisheries cooperative, Bio&Mare. Before sunset they cast their nets at ...

As a business woman

Sr Rachele is a lively and cheerful woman. And she carries out her role as director of the Clinica Columbus in Milan with a practical ...

No fear of money

Both as a religious and as a woman, Francesca [Frances] Cabrini left a unique and highly original impression precisely in the use of money. She ...

Keeping watch over the financial affairs of the French Bishops

A graduate of “Sciences Po” [L’Institut d’études politiques] in Paris and an expert in human resources, this radiant woman – 57 years old and the ...

Women and money

Women and money is the motif of this issue. It is an age-old binomial that indicates the daily difficulty of poor women in squaring their ...

Family and theology

The New Year begins with a single-theme issue of our monthly dedicated to the family. This will be the main topic of reflection and analysis ...

The only home on the way

Today Misako, the daughter of an important Japanese diplomat, is a lively old-age pensioner who lives in Tokyo. She speaks excellent English and makes her ...

An epochal development

It would be really strange had the new sensitivity of the Church concerning the woman question not been reflected – even in a paradigmatic way ...

The young woman and the Stranger

As soon as it was dark, young Agnes rose from her bed and sat down at the table, disturbed in front of the switched on ...

The power of the starting point

The power of the family in Italy in the 25 years that range from the period following the Second World War to the end of ...

St Teresa speaks to Asia

Il Carmel of the future is called to offer instruments that correspond to the thirst for God that exists in Asia today. Carmelite spirituality has ...

Colombian children

There is an institute at Pasadena, Colombia, where children may be reborn. Founded to care for the country’s most vulnerable children, the Asociación Hogar Niños ...

​The death of the Foundress of the Telefono Rosa

In 1988, when no one was talking about violence to women (although it was a widespread scourge), Giuliana Dal Pozzo gave life in Rome to ...

​La festa della Madonna di Caacupé in Paraguay

“The family is the centre and guides the integral growth of the human person: our authorities must understand this”. Msgr Claudio Giménez Medina, Bishop of ...

​Honorary Degree for Sister Nyirumbe

“Sr Nyirumbe helps women and girls to get a new start through education. Her vision and her action in caring for the most vulnerable deeply ...

​The flight of families from Haiti

“The social and political drama unfolding in many countries, including our own, is similar in many aspects to that in the Land of Jesus. The ...

​A street in Paris for Sr Skobstov

The Municipal Council of Paris has unanimously approved the naming of a street in the 15th arrondissement after the Orthodox sister, Sr Marie Skobtsov. It ...

Fill the void

Shira, the daughter of a rabbi of the orthodox community of Tel Aviv, wants to marry one of her contemporaries but the love story that ...

Héroines de Dieu

The 19th century was the century in which the vitality and courage of women religious exploded, offering the world numerous examples of extraordinary dedication to ...

‘Mamma, ti posso parlare?’

The autobiographical book by Maria Grazia Proietti Mamma, ti posso parlare? (San Paolo, 2013) has something more than others that have recently come out in ...

As an adult can I be your daughter?

Why take a stranger into your home? Why invest time, emotion, attention, sleepless nights, and interminable discussions in order to weigh up the pros and ...

Every land is the homeland of the strong

A face with regular features and adolescent chubbiness, big velvety eyes and a gaze with a hint of melancholy, as if she were seeing the ...

Sursum corda, Fr Battista!

The fortieth anniversary of Santa Caterina, the university college for women founded at Pavia in 1973 at Pope Montini’s request, was recently celebrated with the ...

So many things to tell him

“What would be the advantage of believing in God?” Shibo, a young Japanese woman, asks Pope Francis. We have chosen to publish her question alongside ...

A Sicilian saint for Sweden

You may have thought that the one well known saint in (post)-Protestant Sweden would be St Bridget — the only Swedish woman to be officially ...

A restless woman

In the history of the Italian Renaissance, a fascinating historical period of history, have distinguished some female figures - over the centuries - have stood ...

Ten years after she passed away

On the 24th December 2003 Romana Guarnieri died. Ten years have passed, but those who had the fortune to know her will never forget her ...

Dear Papa , I ask you

What do ten young women living in ten different countries have in common? To start with they are all daughters of the same era, all ...

Love in top gear

An accidental meeting, related to chance, this is mine with Hadewych. A meeting that then familiarized me with so much thought and so much feminine ...

Like the Sacred circular dances

"The life of a basic ecclesial community (Bec) - explains Tea Frigerio - is concentrated on the Sunday celebration of the Word performed by the ...

Sisters and prisons

Bars, walls, locks, chains. Men, women and even children, guilty prisoners, innocent prisoners, illegal immigrants, inmates on death row, prison camps from the past and ...

We prisoners in Sierra Leone

A relationship within reach of others, making room inhabited by God where others may enter. Making room. This category which brings me back all of ...

All of a sudden the prison became for me a palace

Perpetua is a young catechumen, arrested in 203 in proconsular Africa, probably in Thiburbo Minus, and then tried and executed in Carthage. Of noble origin ...

Why I want the nun

Sister Rita and Sister Carla go every week to the criminal institute in Rebibbia, in Rome. On Sundays, they attend Mass with the inmates. Some ...

The submissive body

Milena was born in prison and remained there until she was three when, as required by law, she was released, and went to live with ...

The darkness behind me

In 1993 in Arkansas, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols were arrested on charges of killing three children. In the collective hysteria, including false ...

Dead man walking

Dead Man Walking ( 1995) tells of the meeting between Sister Helen Prejean ( Susan Sarandon) and Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn): a few days before ...

Sister Malgorzata and women in the Church

Sister Małgorzata Chmielewska, questioned by the Krakow magazine "Tygodnik Powszechny" about Pope Francis’s words regarding the role of women in the Church pronounced in the ...

The election of antje jackelén

On 15th October Antje Jackelen , the Swedish Lutheran bishop of the diocese of Lund ( interviewed Ulla Gudmundson for us in the May, 2013), ...

Being a girl  in Colombia

The Congress "girls at the centre”, was held in Bogotá in October, celebrated within the campaign "Being a child", promoted by the NGO, Plan International, ...

Ten years  since the murder of Annalena Tonelli

Ten years have passed since the killing of Annalena Tonelli, the Italian volunteer who for over three decades assisted the Somali population affected by tuberculosis. ...

Two thousand babies  in prison with their mothers in Bolivia

As there is no alternative, there are about two thousand Bolivian children forced to live in prison with their mothers who are held there. Worried ...

First victory for the women of the wall

From way back in 1988 ( as told by Anna Foa in 'women church world " last April ) the Women of the Wall in ...

India does not sign against girls brides

India, which holds the world record of 24 million weddings with child brides (about forty percent of the world total), has refused to sign the ...

Mother Laura Doctor of the Church?

Laura Montoya (1874-1949) , the first Columbian saint, could receive the most important accolade the Catholic Church presents after sainthood. On the occasion of the ...

Gabriela and the hosts from prison

The hosts are the most precious material that is used in the liturgical rite because they become – in the consecration – the body of ...

Milk, wheel and book

“Saint Catherine was the daughter of a King”. Thus began a playful rhyme we used to sing as girls. It recounted the conflict between Catherine ...

The Mother tongue literary competition

Designed in 2005 by Daniela Finocchi, the Mother tongue literary competition is the first in Italy specifically dedicated to foreign women (even second or third ...

The little girl who pleaded with the Pope

Letters, poems, autobiographical manuscripts, recreations in the form of theatre: the critical edition of the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux exceeds fifteen hundred pages. ...

Cook and Theologian

The interview with Sister Rita Mboshu Kongo, which opens this issue, confronts us with a problem that is at the heart of the relationship between ...

The vocation to reconcile study and stove

Founded in 1457 by Cardinal Domenico Capranica to encourage the formation for the priesthood of poor young men, the Almo Collegio Capranica is the oldest ...

How Jesus is constantly working in our lives

Adrienne von Speyr (La Chaux- de-Fonds, September 20, 1902 - Basel, September 17, 1967 ) was one of the most important Catholic mystics of the ...

Hermits in the forests of the Carpathians

It starts in China, in the early decades of the twentieth century, passes through Montbar (France), rooted in Carmelite soil and flourishes today in the ...

Without a Pink Stamp

In recent years the realization has emerged that in the sphere of clinical trials women are considered “vulnerable subjects" as they are not adequately treated ...

The Bell Jar

One of the most important novels of the twentieth century on mental illness is fifty years. It was, in fact, 1963 when - under the ...

Investigation on Mary

The cult of Mary is not the result of a devotional construction of people, who seek a loving mother to comfort them, but is a ...

Via Castellana Bandiera

Samira and Rosa are two women broken by pain. Samira has lost a daughter. Rosa is living a love relationship in deep crisis. The two ...

Mama Antula and Pope Francis

" I too would like the speedy beatification of Maria Antonia," wrote Pope Francis, adding that he had "already made several approaches to the Congregation ...

Women and children in the fields of Somalia

Because of the armed conflict and drought, more than one million people - mostly women and children - still live in refugee camps in Somalia. ...

The house of Madeleine Delbrêl

While waiting to remember, in 2014, fifty years after her death, an agreement with the mayor of Ivry-sur-Seine, the diocese of Créteil and the Association ...

Helping the women of the Andes

In the world there are still 774 million illiterate adults, 493 million of whom are women without access to basic rights. Many of them live ...

A mamma boss of Burberry

“First of all I'm a mother. Secondly, I am the chief executive of Burberry” Angela Ahrendts has clear ideas, married, three teenage children and a ...

Trappist nuns in prayer between the weapons

"We have been in Syria for more than eight years and we have been able to experience that the coexistence between Muslims and Christians was ...

I look at my hands and I see you

When my mother died I was a long way away, I was living in another country, I could not go to her funeral, I could ...

Violence against women

Two paintings. The first is Ajax and Cassandra (1886) by Joseph Solomon: he so dark, strong, earthly, all muscle and clout; she, of a dazzling ...

When dialogue challenges the differences

From Busto Arsizio a step from the mausoleums of Petra. To help a group who are disadvantaged in two ways, being both Bedouin and women, ...

The sign on the stone

Teenager, fragile, insecure and sickly, this is Etty Hillesum in the opening pages of her diary, a personality that looks for but does not find ...

How “lovely” it is to get married (in Milano)

He is nearly 37 years old (36.6), she just over 34 (34.2). This is the average age at which people get married for the first ...

The Angel Esmeralda

Fighting against the poverty and degradation of the South Bronx there are some religious brothers, the gang of writers led by Ismael Muñoz and two ...

Abortion and Him

It is an extremely complex and delicate topic that Antonello Vanni deals with in his book Abortion and Him . A journey into the male ...

Killed for having reported extortion

Suleida Raudales Flores and Cynthia Carolina Cruz Bonilla, Honduran immigrants were murdered in Chiapas (south of Mexico) by a gang committed to the extortion of ...

Catholic Women of the Year 2013

In the year of the faith, it was decided to award the Catholic Women of the Year prize (now arrived at its forty-fifth edition) to ...

Greek girls escape to become the religious sisters

In 1962 six twenty year olds from the same Greek village fled from their families because they were unable to realize their dream, to become ...

Disabled mothers

Mothers with disabilities: an extraordinary normality . With this headline on the cover of the latest issue of the Italian magazine "Superabile" a photo of ...

Abortion in the United States

With 228 votes in favour and 196 against, the House of Representatives of the United States (Republican majority) has approved a bill banning abortion after ...

Sterilization in Laos: the Church is opposed

A family planning campaign launched by the Department of Health in the eastern province of Huaphan in Laos encourages women to be sterilized through ligation ...

The women leaders of French scouting

They themselves do not know each other yet, but the occasions to do so will certainly come soon: Catherine Larrieu and Claire Verdier are in ...

The Story of Esther (and her diaries)

Esther, called Etty, was born into a family of Jewish intellectuals, open to broad cultural interests: she had a preference for literature and Russian language, ...

The sister of Giacomo

The story of Shakespeare's sister – as brilliant and talented as her brother but lacking education because she was a woman - was invented by ...

Isabella Queen of Peace

"A holy woman", "a saint" this is how people are defined and remembered who carry or have carried the cross in silence, who have suffered ...

Laura Montoya y Upeguy

Saint Laura Montoya y Upegui, "the first saint born in the beautiful land of Colombia teaches us- the words of our holy Father - to ...

Collaborating with men

In this issue there is a something new: the cover which was designed for us by Isabella Ducrot depicts a man's face, that of Oscar ...

The most admired visionary of her generation

"Mankind owes much, the Church no less," wrote Father Bernard Lambert in the "L'Osservatore Romano" of 23 June 1981, remembering the death of a woman ...

The simplicity of maternal martyrdom

In a celebration of the Eucharist attended by mothers of desaparecidos children, Archbishop Romero presents Mary as their model: "From the beginning – he tells ...

This treasure in earthen vessels

In completing the form accompanying the interview with Sara Butler of the International Theological Commission ("women church world" n. 10), I came across the names ...

Protagonists of a Muslim tradition

Everything starts with a woman from present day Southern Iraq: Rabi'a, which means fourth. She is the fourth child of a large family, who ends ...

My only friend

A classmate - very different in social background, temperament and natural gifts – may mark the life of a young girl if a feeling of ...

Hannah and the others

In the book Hannah and the others (Einaudi, 2013) Nadia Fusini writes about women who write. The women are three in number and despite being ...

The son of the other woman

A wall, two children, two families and two births at the same time in the same hospital. What happens when years later (eighteen to be ...

Mary Garcia Guadalupe Zavala

"They touched the flesh of Christ." This was how Pope Francis presented María Guadalupe García Zavala (1878-1963, co-founderess of the Congregation of the Servants of ...

Francisca de Paula De Jesus

The illegitimate daughter of a slave and former slave herself, revered throughout Brazil as the mother of the poor: this is Francisca de Paula De ...

Guitar, colours and respect

The photo published half way up the page of "L'Eco di Bergamo" is a riot of colours and smiles. The image portrays the fifty year ...

Mexican female peasants

Over one million two hundred thousand Mexican mothers of peasant origins have become breadwinners following the migration of their husbands, who have left, often with ...

AWAM the Christian NGO in Pakistan

During the campaign that preceded the elections in Pakistan last May the 11th, the NGO, Association of Women for Awareness & Motivation (AWAM), Christian-inspired and ...

Kim Daniels and Cardinal Dolan

A spokesperson at the USCCB notifies the twitter profile of Kim Daniels, the new spokesperson for the president of the U.S. Episcopal Conference. A Princeton ...

Children or no children? The woman chooses

A tremendous feminine focused revolution in Italy is virtually over, one that we have not been able to recount. And sometimes, smeared in the treacle ...

Converting husbands

During the Middle Ages the construction of European civilization rests on foundations that are also hidden, the strength and intelligence of great Christian women. This ...

Laura Montoya y Upegui

Saint Laura Montoya y Upegui, "the first saint born in the beautiful land of Colombia teaches us- the words of our holy Father - to ...

On Sunday the monthly 'Women Church World'

There is an innovation in the June 2013 isue of Women Church World : the cover design by Isabella Ducrot portrays a man, Óscar Romero, ...

The First Birthday

Women Church World is celebrating its first birthday. It is an important milestone. In these past 12 months we have tried to listen to the ...

Rita and her impossible flight

Rita is the name of my maternal grandmother, a woman of peasant origins from Asti, who has always cultivated a close devotional relationship with her ...

The song of imperfection

It was not easy to get her to talk about her poetry; about this biographers, friends, former colleagues and students all agree. Especially after 1996, ...

Catherine and Paul VI in Pavia

The Women's University College St. Catherine of Siena of Pavia has organized for Monday 22 April, a day of study "Papa Montini, Catherine and women” ...

Trafficking discussed in Mexico City

The fifth conference of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to the drama of human trafficking was ...

Afghan girl students

Despite the economic problems and obstacles caused by folk traditions, more and more Afghan girls are returning to school in their villages in order to ...

Chiara Lubich in Taiwan

"Patterns of Unity: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on the Thought of Chiara Lubich (1920-2008)." This is the title of the meeting that took place on 12-13 ...

Badam Zari the first woman candidate in Pakistan

An illiterate Pakistani woman, Badam Zari, is the first woman to be a candidate in the elections in the tribal areas of her country, a ...

A new president of Usmi

With a large majority, Sister Maria Regina Cesarato was elected as the new president of USMI, the Union of Major Superiors of Italy (born in ...

Women and water in the Solomon islands

The Solomon Islands, a developing country in the South Pacific Ocean, has one of the highest rates of urbanization in the region, while the infrastructure ...

El hijo de la novia

The lady is old and, above all, she is sick. She has for some time had Alzheimer's disease. The characters that revolve around her - ...

Le don d’organes

Patients, doctors, nurses, recipients, donors and their families: to all of these people the Swiss science journalist Marlyse Tschui gives voice in her essay Le ...

The great invention

Of course there is no doubt: this is the autobiography of a great director, who was also a jazz musician, one that therefore spans the ...

Francesca Flores

Mother Cabrini and her travelling companion arrived in Mendoza on December 1, 1895, and from there, a few days later, they arrived in Buenos Aires, ...

The thunderous yes to God

Antje Jackelen, Lutheran Bishop of Lund, considers herself to be the daughter of the Enlightenment, something often claimed by secular humanists. "Actually, I say that ...

With calm determination

We meet Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokesperson for the U.S. bishops' conference, on an historic afternoon in March. As we climb the Janiculum, destination the ...

The enthusiasm of women

Mary Ward was born in the England of Elizabeth I, when it was difficult to be Catholic, and to fulfill her religious vocation she emigrated ...

A Catholic Woman Leader of Poland

"In my family women have always been active both socially and professionally. My aunt, for example, was one of the first women in Poland to ...

God and a woman make a majority

"God and one woman make a majority" These are the words of a militant feminist, who was also a passionate Christian, the English woman Josephine ...

The Moderator of the Board

Maria Bonafede was the first woman elected as the head of the Waldenses. She was the first “Moderator” of the board from 2005 to 2012. ...

Public life needs it

"To revolutionary feminism (...) a Christian feminism has been added: Benedict XV in 1919 ruled in favour of votes for women; Bishop Baudrillart and Fr. ...

If the King goes away

The Second World War has just ended, Rome begins laboriously to live again amidst sufferings, deprivations and high hopes: in the novel by Lia Levi ...

Ten women

In contemporary times the non-involvement of women in politics was so obvious that the majority of the electoral laws did not feel the need expressly ...

The Iron Lady

Iron Lady (2011) by Phyllida Lloyd, is told from the stand-point of weakness: she is an old woman with memory problems, who above all refuses ...

The chilean sister Nelly Leon is awarded

It was Sister Nelly Leon Correa, head of the chaplaincy of the women's prison of San Joaquín in Chile, the winner of the recognition of ...

Carers and elderly in chorus

They sing to make contact between generations and different nationalities and to recover the thread of recollections. They are the Choir of the carers, a ...

The sisters of Guatemala

Delicate and essential: this is the service that the Al Jazeera journalist David Mercer has carried out from San Pedro, Guatemala, relating the commitment of ...

Rita Prigmore

Rita Prigmore, an ethnic Sinti gypsy who survived the Nazi medical experiments, has told her story (thanks to the mediation of the community of Sant'Egidio) ...

A buffalo for a wife

Girls aged 14-16 are bought and sold as wives in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in exchange for money. On top of the ...

Two million syrian children affected

Syrian children are paying the highest price for the conflict taking place in the country: the violence in fact has managed to hit more than ...

Pope Francis

With the image of this nun absorbed in recollection - photographed in St. Peter's Square during the hours of the conclave - we wish to ...

Women by the Wall to pray

Jews in prayer beaten and arrested by the police, the scroll of the Torah snatched from the hands of one of them. What could not ...

You in me and I in thee, O Lord

On the eve of the first Holy Year of 1300, Pope Boniface VIII granted the title of doctors of the Church to some Fathers of ...

In politics

Women and politics in history and within the collective imagination have been and, to a large extent, remain in opposition. At most, politics does not ...

Our thanks to the Pope

In greeting Benedict XVI with emotion we want first to thank him. Thank you for agreeing that "L'Osservatore Romano" should be enriched by a monthly ...

A Missionary of theology

"No, I never would have imagined! It was a total surprise!”. " Sister Butler is truly happy, and even more genuinely surprised, when she remembers ...

Confronting the dragon

Marina, in Greek Pelagia, in the Latin versions of the passio becomes Margherita and she is celebrated with this appellation on July 20. Received manuscripts ...

Walking together

Lytta Basset is a professor of Protestant theology at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. For seventeen years she was a Protestant pastor in Geneva. ...

From the wisdom of Buddha to the madness of the love of Jesus

"In the midst of absolute evil the God of the West has become present for me. Closed in suffering, I could not make room for ...

I'll tell you some other time

As part of the reconstruction of the memory of the Holocaust – an extremely rich literary genre - a new kind of memoir is being ...

To dare God

"We must have the courage to say it. Have the courage to speak the name of God", Etty Hillesum wrote in the amazing pages of ...

The soul and the flesh

In 1957 nuns in films could still be pure and faithful to their mission, and could still arouse enthusiasm in the audience: this is what ...

Doctors guilty of selective abortions in India

One hundred Indian doctors will be condemned for conducting selective abortions in the country. It was the Ministry of Health that initiated an investigation which ...

Missionaries of San Colomban awarded in Peru

The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban was among the recipients of the Medal of Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, awarded by the Peruvian ...

Sixteen year old from Nazareth struck by acid

A man threw acid in the face of a sixteen year old Arab girl from Narazeth. She is attached to a respirator due to the ...

Anna Schäffer

On March 17, forty years ago, at the Bishopric of Regensburg, the informative process for the beatification of Anna Schäffer (1882-1925), began: a process that ...

The little evangelisers of Pakistan

In the Year of Faith, the Church's work of evangelization in Pakistan also involves the girls and boys who, going along their Christian journey and ...

Twenty years in the nomad camp of Villapizzone in the suburbs of Milan

More than a century ago the Archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Battista Montini, was the first to take an interest in the children of the nomad ...

Drugs among the children of Argentina

If Argentina is a country that is particularly affected by the crisis, a specific alarm relates to the situation of children, who are victims - ...

Indomitable

Indomitable. This is the title that Wangari Maathai chose for her autobiography, published six years before her death, which took place in Kenya on September ...

Rosa escapes unscathed from the flames

In 1233 in Viterbo, a Cathar stronghold on the road to Rome, Rosa was born, an enterprising but delicate and poorly child, almost as if ...

Of the flesh and of the spirit

“This evening I learned that you were there: a drop of life fallen from the void”. This is the famous incipit of one of the ...

Motherhood Without Borders

I met Flora Gualdani at Casa Bethlehem House. A group of cottages in a park outside Arezzo that Flora has had built and where women ...

Like a training ground for the spirit

Pregnancy A rain is falling that cannot dissolve me because I am not alone. The baby girl moving within me pokes at my core while ...

From the archive of a Protestant family

Family histories have visible and hidden aspects, they are passed on out loud or sometimes silently. In her book Stille Post (2007), Christina von Braun ...

The love of God

The Bible was born within a patriarchal culture. Even what it says about God and his relationship with man –its theology is written within this ...

Diary of winter

At sixty four years old, a man "entering into the winter" of his life decides to write a diary. The result is a fascinating catalogue ...

Damned Mafia

"I had to choose which future to give to my daughter Vita Maria. It was then that I decided to change everything ": this is ...

Mother

Mother (2009) by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho is a grim and difficult film. At the heart of the film is a woman whose name ...

Immigrants bought and abused in the persian Gulf States

The phenomenon of human trafficking continues to increase in the Yemen, with poverty which encourages in particular the sexual exploitation of women - being bought ...

Breastfeeding excluded from medicine

"It was clear that none of the doctors or nurses knew what was going on " Colleen Kelly, a young mother with breastfeeding problems told ...

Two women in the salesian world

Two important news items from the Salesian female world: Slovakian Olga Krizova, senior manager of the volunteers of Don Bosco since 2007, was elected President ...

Alarm for children in California

Very alarming news coming from the "Golden State" the most populous American state in the land of the stars and stripes. The Fides Agency, in ...

"Le Monde" launches the alarm on damage caused by the pill

Pilule: ces gynécologues sous influence . This is the title of the long dossier that the French newspaper "Le Monde" has dedicated on the 11 ...

Voices from around the world

"Voices from the world. Foreign women tell their stories": on February 15 Vatican Radio will present the new edition of the literary competition organized by ...

"The power of women" in Rome

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (on the occasion of the annual meeting with the arts and politics taking place on Ash Wednesday) and the Institut français ...

Such authentic friends

The Way of the Cross of Cerveno, in the centre of the Camonica Valley (Brescia), emerges like an enclosed Sacred Mountain, which has to be ...

Bakhita, a theologian of humility

Bakhita was looking for me for some time on the roads we travel together. Those of the slavery that still exists in an Africa with ...

The green bicycle

Wadjda is a ten year old girl who lives on the outskirts of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. She is bright, loving, good natured, ...

The difference which makes the Church grow

With the advent of the new year our insert also presents some changes: It will be released on the second day of every month, so ...

From victims to protagonists

It is possible to turn to Africa with a look of hope. Dream proves this. Dream, the acronym for Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and ...

Wherever you go, I will go, too

«Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law in the same house are like two wild mules in the same stall," the Italian writer Giovanni Verga once claimed, expressing a ...

She arrived and I became a man and a writer

We publish extracts from the "”Letter to a nun” which the writer published in “Christian Writings” in 1979. The text is taken from Ferdinando Castelli, ...

The old woman who tells children about the afterlife

It's ugly, it is old and it’s ragged. Furthermore, it flies in the sky on a broom, just like witches, even if we tried to ...

The summer of the barbarians

In a Moorish villa on the Pacific, Araceli, a Mexican waitress, observes the wealthy, well to do family for whom she works. But this is ...

The Perfume of the Gospel

The woman with a haemorrhage, the Syrophoenician woman, the women who were sinners, his female disciples, Mary of Bethany and Sophia (Wisdom): these are the ...

The women of Haiti

Next to the campesinos and children, the main victims of marginalization in Haiti are women, who, with their work, support most single-parent families. According to ...

Spoiled grain

The statement of Dr. Giuliana Icardi,of the University of Eastern Piedmont is clear: since it has no longer been Italian but has instead flown the ...

For afghan women, few rights and much abuse

"Betrayed and killed": Davide Frattini correspondent of the "Corriere della Sera", reminded us of Najia Sidiqi, Hanifa Safi, Anisa and the other Afghan women who ...

Six hundred million phantom girls

Of the 600 million girls and young teenagers living in developing countries, many continue to be invisible to national structures and programmes. Millions of them ...

Antonina and the others on the site of the Fabbrica di San Pietro

Although absent from the daily work lists, many women worked on the site of the Reverenda Fabbrica di San Pietro. They were mostly widows of ...

Watercolours from the cloister

Marcelle Gallois was born in Paris in 1888 into a family of limited religious sympathy. After having attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montpellier, and ...

Wadjda

Wadjda is a ten year old girl who lives on the outskirts of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. She is bright, loving, good natured, ...

Martina, a witness of welcome

"I would like a January with an April sun," sang Gianni Rodari in , Filastrocca di Capodanno the extraordinary storyteller for the "great men and ...

The freedom of forgiveness

God, our neighbour and ourselves: if there is one thing of which we certainly all have need in our daily life, it is forgiveness. God's ...

The return of a soul to a torturer

The horror of Maïti Girtanner’s story takes place from 1939 to 1945, years which consisted of the annihilation of mankind and breaking civil resistance. “Where ...

Totalitarianism’s daily humiliation

There have been many victims of totalitarianism that will never be known because they suffered violence or daily humiliation without death. Totalitarianism has exposed an ...

You’ve forgiven me

In this “interview” Mary Magdalene is associated with the sinner. It reflects upon forgiveness, without taking into account the complex questions regarding her identity. I ...

La notte dell’oblio (The night of oblivion)

The latest book from Lia Levi, La notte dell’oblio ( The night of oblivion ) (2012 edition) has at its center, as the title indicates, ...

Au-delà du pardon (Beyond forgiveness)

Lytta Basset, a professor of Protestant theology at the University of Geneva, has always had a practical approach to complex theological and spiritual questions. Guilt, ...

Les enfants de Belleville

Akbar, a 16 year old teenager, has been sent to prison after killing his girlfriend and attempting to take his own life. At 18 years ...

Attempted murder of a christian missionary

A lay Protestant Christian missionary was the victim of an attempted murder and was in critical condition in "Jinnah" hospital in Lahore, capital of the ...

Prisoners’ children

At the Solicciano prison in Florence, a mother, serving a long sentence, tells the sad story about her three year old daughter who has been ...

The violinist’s mother

There were many heroes from the Costa Concordia tragedy last January who sacrificed their lives. Among them was also Sándor Fehér, a Hungarian violinist, who ...

‘Social Week’ in France

Hommes et femmes, la nouvelle donne ( Men and women, the new woman ) was the title of the ‘Social Week’ held in Paris from ...

Karolina Kozkowna

Among many of the blessed Polish relics which have been recently placed at the shrine to martyrs in the Roman Basilica of St. Bartholomew, is ...

The heart of a murderer

“You’re my son, and I’m glad you came”. How is it humanly possible to receive your daughter’s killer into your home? How can you shake ...

Mother Cabrini, the saint of ‘modernity’

Modernity is probably not one of the determining factors which makes a Christian saint. And yet in the case of Mother Cabrini it is precisely ...

Encounters with God

Women that encounter God and dedicate their lives to witnessing their relationship with Him, whether religious or lay, respond in numerous ways. The ways vary ...

I chose the narrow way

There are two images of Christine McGrievy which coincide perfectly: The Christine in her office who tells us about her thirteen years as International Vice-Coordinator ...

The mirror of simple souls

We know very little about Margherita Porete. We know not when or where she was born. We do know that she was from the North ...

We cannot just stand at the doorstep and wait

It wasn’t difficult to find her in the Synod hall since she was the only woman wearing an ecclesiastical collar and earrings among the rows ...

The Legion of Mary

Agnes Han is 70-years-old, and for 30 years she has been a weekly volunteer for the disabled, the lonely, the terminally ill, widows and essentially ...

“Who Do You Think You Are?”

There are two ways: start from the first page and read on, or arbitrarily choose the order in which you would like to read the ...

“The Most Notable”

“Jealousy does not make love dignified, rather it humiliates and perverts it”. Such is what the Patriarch of Venice, Penelope, wrote in March of 1972. ...

“Beyond the Hills”

“Beyond the Hills” takes place in an undisclosed location in Romania at an Orthodox monastery with a “father”, “mother” and “sisters” and where Alina, a ...

Muslims in Pakistani Catholic Schools

The girls’ Catholic school run by the Sisters of the Presentation of Sangota in Pakistan has recently reopened with over 200 girls enrolled and is ...

Therapeutic remedies for children suffering with incurable diseases

From 28-30 November the first European convention on paediatric remedies was held at the ario Comunale in Piazza Fanti. It was organized by the Maruzza ...

Sister Giustina for the girls of the Amazon

There are already 12 complaints which were submitted last month to the authorities of Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, in the Brazilian town on the border ...

A woman Foreign Minister in Somalia

The new Somalian government has turned a page in history. After long negotiations the Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, has nominated the first woman foreign ...

Growing up too quickly

A recent pamphlet from “Our Sunday Visitor” focused on the disturbing phenomenon of the sexualization of girls, even very young ones, that dress and act ...

The new slaves

“In the 1980’s alone more women and children were subject to slavery by Asian traffickers than all the African slaves in the 400 year history ...

Recycled clothing

Certainly a strategic move, but also interesting that the American first lady decided to enter into the iconography of recent history with an outfit that’s ...

Souls moulded by faith

It goes on for over four hours and then begins all over again .... to infinity—religious nuns dressed in the black and white Benedictine habit ...

Felix Culpa

Benjamin Britten was born on 22 November 1913 at Lowestoft in Suffolk. Being born on St. Cecilia’s feast day was a foreshadow of not only ...

Bridget’s colourful imagery

On my bookshelf, I have a cheese dish inherited from my grandparents. It is square, made of wood, with the carved date “6 May 1794” ...

A different ointment

There is another voice, should one choose to hear it. Other sounds rise from the streets of the world, hatching plots and decisions, creating female ...

Women's contribution

This second issue of “Women Church World” is dedicated to healing. A complex, femanle task that includes attention, care, kindness, concern, education and commitment. And ...

Raphael’s Madonna

Are harmony, serenity and obedience still considered qualities in the modern woman? Whether in the home or the office, our era seems to urge women ...

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