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24 October 2020

The African Women

Those who are not from Africa can generally be divided into two groups: those who have never been there and those who have lived there, at least for a while. The former can only have prejudices, and in principle, this is inevitable, for we can only build partial representations of that with which we ... PDF
26 September 2020


Sisters, sisterhood, sorority. These terms indicate union, communion, and reciprocity between women. The latter of these three is a relatively recent concept, and some people associate it with feminist practices of which they do not approve. Our hope for this month’s Women Church World is that these ... PDF
29 August 2020

The Patronesses of Europe

The new Europe cannot solely be founded on economics, finance, political agreements and diplomacy. This Europe needs collective values -and as strange as it may seem-, it needs common feelings able to guide it, to direct it, to interpret its deepest soul and to point to a hope for the future. For ... 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