Exploiting women or treating them like objects is a sin against God, Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. It will do people good – especially those who enjoy freedom – to reflect on how many women have become “slaves of this throwaway mentality,” he said.
Category: Women and the Church
The Women’s Group from St Catherine of Siena parish in Kleinvlei, Cape Town, had their annual retreat at St Anthony’s in the Valley chapel on the Nagenoeg farm in Stellenbosch. The theme for the day...
Women from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Krugersdorp and neighbouring regions will fill the air with sounds of praise and worship in support of the international Women’s World Day of Prayer. Taking place on Saturday, March 3,...
The sexual violence survivor’s letter titled “Abuse: a survivor’s view” refers. It takes courage for survivors of gender-based violence and Church abuse to speak out, to break their silence. They become official whistleblowers who expose those who have violated the bodily integrity of another; those who disrespect the human dignity of others.
A person who was ahead of his time was St John Paul II. In 1995, he wrote a letter to women of the world, still available on the Vatican website. In that letter, he said, “Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. … Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude.”
The Justice and Peace Commission (J&P) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has partnered with UN Women through its HeForShe campaign and is working with J&P activists from various dioceses to take a stand against women abuse.
The Justice & Peace Department of the archdiocese of Cape Town will be hosting an anti-domestic violence workshop on December 9 as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
Campaigns like the 16 Days of No Violence and #MeToo are good for telling the story of abuse and raising awareness — but there is an urgent need to go beyond words and put in place effective action, such as funding shelters, argues Colleen Constable.
The Catholic Women’s Association (CWA) in Botswana celebrated its 21st anniversary at its 15th annual conference at Ave Maria Pastoral Centre in Gaborone.
Pope Francis named a bioethics expert and a seasoned canon lawyer, both women, as undersecretaries of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
Durban archdiocese’s Justice & Peace Commission hosted a large women’s conference. Participants came from different parishes across the archdiocese, including a women’s-issues group from Pietermaritzburg. The conference was attended by 100 women in total, with ages ranging from 21 to 70.
The newly-formed Holistic Women’s Group at St Mary Magdalene parish in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, had its first awareness talk on substance and alcohol abuse.