Catholic Women

Learn, Practice “true motherhood” as Divine Calling: Mozambican Bishop to Catholic Women

May 7, 2024

Bishop Tonito Francisco Xavier Muananoua has called upon Catholic women to embrace “true motherhood”, which he described as a divine calling modelled after that of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Angolan Catholic Archbishop Urges Creation of “spaces” for Women in All Professions

Mar 13, 2024

Except for jobs that require physical exertion, women can thrive in professions where men currently dominate, the Archbishop of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese has said, calling for the creation of spaces and opportunities for women to emerge in Church and society.

Pope Francis at the general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers hear from 2 female professors on women’s role in the Church

Dec 7, 2023

The pope’s Council of Cardinals has been discussing the role of women in the Church since February 2022.

“As a woman, I’m not focused at all on the fact that I’m not a priest,” Renée Köhler-Ryan, one of 54 women delegates to the Synod on Synodality, said at a press briefing Oct. 17, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

There’s "too much emphasis" on Women Priests: Theologian at Synod on Synodality

Oct 17, 2023

“As a woman, I’m not focused at all on the fact that I’m not a priest,” Renée Köhler-Ryan said at a press briefing Oct. 17.

Sister María de los Dolores Palencia Gómez, Superior General of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Lyon, speaks to journalists during a press briefing for the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 14, 2023. | Credit: Screenshot from Synod on Synodality livestream video

Women Role: Synod “setting stages for future changes”, First Woman Presides over Assembly

Oct 15, 2023

Sister Maria de los Dolores Valencia Gomez, a Sister of St. Joseph, spoke at a press briefing about the participation of women in the ongoing Synod of Synodality and what it might mean for the future.   

Members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations. Credit: WUCWO

Catholic Women Have Mission to “mentor, animate the girl child”: Bishop in South Africa

May 29, 2023

Catholic women have the mission to contribute to the bringing up of young girls into Catholic faith and practice through mentorship and animation initiatives, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pretoria Archdiocese in South Africa has said.

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli (second from left) and Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) pose with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Announces Appointment of Women to Committee Selecting New Bishops

Jul 6, 2022

Pope Francis has said he would announce the appointment of two women to the Vatican committee that elects bishops.

Mary Ashibi Gonsum, President of the Catholic Women Organization Nigeria (CWON). Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Women in Nigeria Embark on Programs to Combat Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 4, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic Women Organization Nigeria (CWON) is mobilizing leaders of the entity to help Nigerian authorities contain the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

Archbishop Jean Patrick Iba-Ba of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese during an interview with journalists shortly after meeting with Gabon's Interior Minister.

Churches in Gabon to Reopen Despite Government Opposition, Bishops Say

Oct 24, 2020

Churches in Gabon will reopen for public worship on Sunday, October 25, the Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have said in a collective message, a decision that goes against the government’s October 16 announcement to defer the resumption of public worship by five more days.  

Poster advertising South African Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (SAUCWO) Prayer Day slated for August 24. / World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO)

Catholic Women in South Africa Organizing Online Prayers to Bridge Lockdown Solitude

Aug 13, 2020

The South African arm of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), an international entity for Catholic women groups, is organizing for prayers slated for later this month to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation that comes with the COVID-19 lockdown, an official has told ACI Africa.