A female Vatican official has urged Catholic women to put their hands up for Church leadership “without being shy or feeling inferior”.
Is the fact of more women on the Vatican economic council a “progressive step” from the Pope or just a “fig leaf” covering up inequality?
“The Church cannot do without the charisms and vocations of women. She must use this great treasure in order to be able to proclaim the Gospel”, a new lay female Vatican economic council member has said.
With the ‘blessing’ of Pope Francis, who has appointed women to senior positions in almost all of the Holy See’s offices, the participation of women in the Vatican’s decision-making structures has grown by almost 70% in recent years.
With Pope Francis’ 2013 arrival to the pontificate, fresh air came into the Church. The air became less rarefied and we saw a pope closer to the people.
Pope Francis has named six laywomen experts to the Vatican Council for the Economy and confirmed German Cardinal Reinhard Marx as coordinator of the financial oversight group.
The new layman ‘number two’ in the Vatican ‘economy ministry’ wants to challenge the perception that “only priests and nuns matter in the Church”.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Argentina recently held an online seminar to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Virginija Langbakk – a native Lithuanian, married to a Swede – was the first managing director (2010-2020) of the European Gender Equality Institute (EIGE).
The role of bishops is at stake in a Vatican intervention to stop German parish mergers, a canon lawyer and theologian has warned.
Admitting to feeling “a bit depressed”, a German bishop is rethinking parish mergers in his diocese after what he called a “massive Roman intervention”.
Pope Francis has appointed two women to key positions in the Vatican Financial Authority and Vatican Apostolic Library.
The Vatican has been accused of “cementing clericalism” with its ‘no’ to a German diocese’s parish merger plan.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Institute for Works of Religion (Istituto per le Opere di Religione, or IOR) – commonly known as the ‘Vatican Bank’ – announced a doubling of its profits in 2019 to 38 million euros, up from 17.5 million in 2018.
It’s no secret to even the most casual of Catholic observers that Pope Francis has been and is the target of vicious and well-organised attacks.
Pope Francis warned the world today in the Angelus “do not celebrate victory too soon” over COVID-19, as he denounced that in Brazil on Friday “one person died every minute” from the illness.
Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Letter creating legislation to govern the awarding of the public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State, which shall follow the principles of transparency, centralised control, and competition to reduce the risk of corruption.
The Vatican has put into action in Switzerland its promise of “rigour, clarity and sobriety” in its finances.
Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves was appointed just a few months ago as Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.
The Vatican is projecting a coronavirus-related loss of up to 146 million euros, according to a media report.
Pope Francis has elevated cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle and Beniamino Stella to the rank of cardinal bishop.
Pope Francis’ creation of the Vatican John Paul I Foundation was made public through a statement released on Tuesday.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Church “is now learning the Gospel from laity”, the papal almoner, or charity head, has said.
The Vatican is planning staff and other cost cuts to cover an 11 million euro coronavirus financial black hole.
The Apostolic Almoner has written to Vatican cardinals inviting them to an act of solidarity during Holy Week.
The Vatican has defended its decision to keep its offices open amid the COVID-19 outbreak after 3 workers tested positive for the disease.
The Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees this year is focussing on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide.
In the past ten years, both the overall number and the percentage of women working in the Vatican has grown.