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Maternity causes a neuronal explosion and equips the brain with new abilities. It seems that mother nature prepares mothers biologically to respond to emergencies and protect life. For example, a mouse that has given birth is more capable of confronting danger, managing stress and finding the exit ... PDF
In September 2013, Pope Francis appealed to the Church to take charge of anyone who bore the marks of physical or psychological suffering, stating “I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, ... PDF
 Words such as power, authority and authoritativeness are frequently used by women as they consider or discuss the social, administrative and political tasks they perform, or aspire to perform. That women should claim power, authority and authoritativeness on equal terms with men is a matter of ... PDF
In this issue on Consecrated Life we discuss the term burnout. This word, in its literal meaning, involves exhaustion, collapse, stress, wear, and is a syndrome that also affects nuns. In fact, the extent of this issue is so vast that the the International Union of [Female] Superiors General ... PDF
28 December 2019

Women and Francis

In this issue, women share what they think of Pope Francis in relation to the female question in the Church. The contributing essayists in this issue are: the Avvenire Vaticanist and columnist, Stefania Falasca; the theologians Serena Noceti, Marinella Perroni, Cristina Simonelli, Shahrzad Houshmand ... PDF
23 November 2019

A proposito di madri

The ancient philosophers urged people to act with temperance, understood as the mid-point between two excesses: intemperance on the one side and insensitivity on the other. The Delphic Oracle’s μηδέν άγαν (nothing to excess) and Horace’s principle of the aurea mediocritas (golden mean) ... PDF
26 October 2019

La virtù del resistere

The ancient philosophers urged people to act with temperance, understood as the mid-point between two excesses: intemperance on the one side and insensitivity on the other. The Delphic Oracle’s μηδέν άγαν (nothing to excess) and Horace’s principle of the aurea mediocritas (golden mean) ... PDF
28 September 2019

Simboli di fortezza

A woman wearing armour and a helmet who is keeping a lion at bay. The shield next to the sword. A tower on the rock which, indestructible, stands firm against strong gusts of wind. This complex of images calls to mind something that brings together women and men from any cultural or ethnic ... PDF
Four female figures clad in purple are dancing beside the float of the universal Church drawn by the griffin which represents Christ. They are the four cardinal virtues who reappear in the earthly paradise long after Dante saw them shining like stars at the gate of hell. One of them, who has three ... PDF