The Pope and Council of Cardinals reflect on the role of women in the Church

The cardinals and the Pope met at the Casa Santa Marte on April 15 and 16. Among the topics discussed, the role of women in the Church stands out; the synod; the application of the Praedicate evangelium in the diocesan Curias; the social, political and ecclesial situation in its various regions

On April 15 and 16, the meeting of the Council of Cardinals was held in the Casa Santa Marta of the Vatican; The Press Office of the Holy See reported in a statement that the cardinals who are part of it and the secretary of the Council were present along with the Pope.

The statement also informs that on April 15 the topic of reflection was on the role of women in the Church, to which Sister. Regina da Costa Pedro, from the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Immaculate, who contributed the stories and concrete thoughts of some Brazilian women, and Prof. Stella Morra, professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, who examined the paper of cultures in the recognition of the role of women in different parts of the planet.

The day of the 16th – reports the Press Office – began with a report by Cardinal Mario Grech and Monsignor Piero Coda on the Synod in progress. And he concluded, after a reflection on the application of the apostolic Constitution Praedicate evangelium in the diocesan Curias, with reports from each cardinal on the social, political and ecclesial situation in their various regions.

“During the session there were references – and on several occasions prayers – dedicated to the scenarios of war and conflict that are experienced in so many places in the world, particularly in the Middle East and Ukraine. The cardinals – and with them the Pope – expressed their concern about what is happening and the hope that efforts will be increased to identify ways of negotiation and peace,” the statement said.

The next Council meeting will be held in June 2024.