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Pope Francis venerates a figurine of the baby Jesus at the beginning of Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1, 2022. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Preaching on the feast of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis denounced widespread violence against women.
Arts & CultureBooks
Jenny Shank
'Matrix' and 'Agatha of Little Neon' differ in their historical settings, but they both center on women perceiving the ways of the world with absolute clarity, realizing the extent of their power and deciding to use it for the good of others.
FaithNews
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis has appointed Sister Raffaella Petrini, an Italian member of the U.S.-based Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, to be secretary-general of the office governing Vatican City State.
Politics & SocietyNews
Claire Giangravé - Religion News Service
Pope Francis called for greater female leadership in world affairs, telling the Women’s Forum G-20 that “our world needs the collaboration of women, their leadership and their abilities, as well as their intuition and their dedication.”
FaithDispatches
Sarah Vincent
Even though women make up more than half of U.S. Catholics and 80 percent of lay ecclesial ministers, a new report found that Catholic women still struggle to have their contributions recognized.
FaithExplainer
James T. Keane
Is St. Irenaeus really a doctor, or does he just play one on TV? Does he rush to someone’s aid on an airplane? Might he collaborate with Dr. Dre?