Katherine Lackey, USA Today
Speaking to an Italian women's organization Saturday, Pope Francis
expressed a desire for women to become more involved in the Catholic
Recalling the "indispensable role" of women in society,
Francis said he has been pleased to see women sharing pastoral
responsibilities with priests and families, adding he wants women to
take on a role that is "more capillary and incisive" in the Church.
the address, Francis praised women for their "gifts of delicacy,"
including a "special sensitivity and tenderness." He also touched on
women in the workplace, noting their role should be expanded there as
"This is important for without these attitudes, without
these contributions of the woman, the human vocation would not be
realized," Francis said.
The pope was addressing the Centro Italiano Femminile (Italian Women's Centre), a non-profit women's association based on Christian values.