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Breaking From Tradition, Pope Elects First Woman To Senior Church Post

Pope Francis appointed a lady as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops.

Vatican City, Holy See:

Pope Francis has damaged with Catholic custom to nominate a lady as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the primary to carry the put up with voting rights in a physique that research main questions of doctrine.

Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is among the two new undersecretaries named Saturday to the synod, the place she has been a guide since 2019.

The appointment indicators the pontiff’s need “for a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church”, mentioned Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary-general of the synod.

“During the previous synods, the number of women participating as experts and listeners has increased,” he mentioned.

“With the nomination of Sister Nathalie Becquart and her possibility of participating in voting, a door has opened.”

The synod is led by bishops and cardinals who’ve voting rights and likewise includes consultants who can not vote, with the subsequent gathering scheduled for autumn 2022.


A particular synod on the Amazon in 2019 noticed 35 feminine “auditors” invited to the meeting, however none might vote.

The Argentinian-born pope has signalled his want to reform the synod and have girls and laypeople play a larger function within the church.

He named Spaniard Luis Marin de San Martin as the opposite underneath undersecretary within the synod of bishops.

Becquart, 52, a member of the France-based Xaviere Sisters, has a grasp’s diploma in administration from the distinguished HEC enterprise college in Paris and studied in Boston earlier than becoming a member of the order.

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