“Without women, there is no harmony in the world.” That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. At the center of his reflection was creation of woman, as told in Genesis. Men and women are not equal; the one is not superior to the… Continue reading Pope: Women bring harmony that makes the world beautiful
While most imagine white wedding dresses, beautiful flowers, a blushing bride and an ecstatic groom, Pope Francis gets to the nitty gritty. During his annual speech at the Holy See on Saturday, Pope Francis expressed his views on marriage. he stressed the importance of effective education and marriage preparations before two people decide to officially… Continue reading The Church isn't enough! Pope Francis explains what newly wed and engaged couples REALLY need
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that women who get abortions show no signs of increased mental health problems after having an abortion – and that in fact, it’s women who are denied an abortion that suffer more greatly. But pro-life organizations and other researchers have responded that… Continue reading New research reveals the horrible mental effects Abortion have on Women
When it comes to talking about women and their role in the Church, discussion tends to focus almost exclusively on getting ordained or being placed in high ranking, decision making positions. However, amid all the buzz, it’s easy to get lost in the debate and miss the fact that the entire discussion is rotating around… Continue reading Is discussion of the Church's ban on women clergy keeping women from their calling?
Like the animals, God gave us a special someone to spend our lives with – but many people are slowly sabotaging our relationships without even realizing it! “Marriage must be honoured by all…” – Hebrews 13:4. The sanctity of marriage is indisputable yet many are led astray. Sometimes relationships tear apart after many small things… Continue reading 5 Ways you’re sabotaging your marriage and how to change
So, it’s the 40th annual Vocations Awareness Week in the United States, and you’re looking for the perfect ways to promote vocations to the consecrated life, right? Well look no further. Here are three things that will help you promote vocations (for women) to religious life. 1. “For Love Alone” – a film about women… Continue reading 3 things you NEED to know about Vocation Awareness Week
Pope Francis has made it clear, Saint John Paul II still rules when it comes to the question of women priests. Following an ecumenical service with members of the Lutheran Church, a reporter asked Pope Francis if he thought women might serve as Catholic priests and bishops. Pope Francis made this reply, “St. Pope John… Continue reading 'Will women ever be priests?' Read Pope Francis' response as a reporter attempts to surprise him
Ephesians 5:21-33 tells us the truth about submission between men and women. Many people struggle with difficult topics in the Bible. One of these virtually taboo topics is Ephesians 5:22, which reads, “Wives should be subject to their husbands as to the Lord.” This passage is often misunderstood, particularly when paired with the following verse:… Continue reading Women should submit to their husbands? What the Bible REALLY means
No doubt, the big story on the Vatican beat this week was Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to entertain whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The word “apparent” is required because, as with so many other things in the Francis era, exactly what the pontiff meant is disputed. The question came up… Continue reading Talks on Ordaining Women Deacons in the Catholic Church with Pope Francis as considered by John Allen
The Vatican has made public the liturgical schedule of Pope Francis’ Lenten celebrations for this year including the list of Easter activities. The Pope’s schedule includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonization. The schedule however does not include the venue for the Maundy Thursday celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper and… Continue reading Vatican releases Pope's schedule for the Season of Lent and Easter
On the Feast of the Annunciation, 1347—the same year the Black Plague arrived in the Mediterranean Basin—Lapa Benincasa gave birth to twin daughters. Catarina and Giovanna were numbers 24 and 25 to Lapa and her husband, Giacomo. Giovanna died in infancy. Little Catherine soon developed a reputation as a joyful and pious child among her… Continue reading Woman of the 14th Century
In many Catholic parishes on Holy Thursday, a foot washing ritual incorporated into Mass technically specifies that only men should take part because Jesus’ disciples on Holy Thursday were all male but the Argentinian Pontiff who is fond of choosing an unconventional way to perform a gesture of service, broke the tradition in 2013 when… Continue reading Pope Francis changes the decree which includes 'women on Holy Thursday ritual to have their feet washed'
An international seminar Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity titled Women and Work took place on the 4th and 5th of Dec in Rome. About a hundred participants from across the globe gathered to discuss the challenges professional women face trying to balance the demands between their career and family life. The conference… Continue reading Vatican addresses challenges women face balancing family and career life
Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing Several women participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family said they are encouraged that their views are not only respected but included in the discussions taking place. “It’s not just a feeling,” said Moira McQueen, director of the Canadian… Continue reading Women participants ‘encouraged’ by synod discussions