India: Christian Dalit Woman Becomes Mayor of Country’s Fourth Largest City
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India: Christian Dalit Woman Becomes Mayor of Country’s Fourth Largest City

A Dalit woman has been named mayor of Chennai in India’s Tamil Nadu state, the country’s fourth largest city with a population of nearly 10 million. Priya Rajan, 28, is also the youngest person and third woman to hold the position since the Greater Chennai Corporation was founded 334 years ago. The Greater Chennai Corporation…

Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women
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Synodal Pathway: Walking together with Women

As the preparatory document for this synod expresses it well in number 7, the last two synods of 2018 and of 2019 have brought out a strong demand to give more space for participation to women in the Church and to involve them more in the decision-making processes by giving them more responsibilities. This is…

Kenya:  Mill Hill Missionary Theology Student Reports on Annual Event of Catholic Women’s Association
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Kenya: Mill Hill Missionary Theology Student Reports on Annual Event of Catholic Women’s Association

On the 5th of February 2022, the Catholic Women Association (CWA) here in Kenya resumed their annual day of prayer at the Serene Marian shrine of Our Lady at Subukia off Nakuru City, over hundred kilometers away from Nairobi City. The usually annual event which was put on hold due to Covid-19 for the last…

Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women
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Sindh, Pakistan: Empowering Women

The Parkari Tribal Women of St. Joseph Parish, Matli The status of women in Pakistan varies depending on class or religion, with patriarchal and cultural customs greatly impacting on their status. In the tribal community women are regarded as second-class citizens: they are offered little say in the community’s decision-making process; most are deprived of…

Red Wednesday: Focus on Women Assaulted for their Christian Faith
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Red Wednesday: Focus on Women Assaulted for their Christian Faith

There are many Christian women who suffer sexual violence because they are Christian – but we don’t believe the UN quite appreciates this. There are parts of the world where religion still plays a huge role in influencing people’s behavior, both good and bad. And in numerous countries girls and women from minority faith groups find themselves…

Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Women Suffer Disproportionately
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Cameroon Anglophone Conflict: Women Suffer Disproportionately

Kang is a witness to the daily horrors of war in her native Wum. Sometimes, the horrors are too close to home. Among others, her husband has had to spend time in the dreaded Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé. “The first person I lost was my brother’s son whom I raised. Some armed people came…

Pope Video for October: Women in Leaderships Roles in the Church
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Pope Video for October: Women in Leaderships Roles in the Church

No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people. Lay people are protagonists of the Church. Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to…

South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out
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South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out

In a message shared with ACI Africa to celebrate August, the Women’s Month in South Africa, Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese spoke widely about the role of women in the early Church relative to their position in the Church today. “Women’s month challenges us to examine ourselves in relation to women. We must ensure…

Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology
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Nairobi, Kenya: Jesuits Launch Scholarship Programme for Women to Study Theology

“The Jesuit School of Theology of Hekima University College (HUC) in Nairobi, Kenya, is delighted to announce the ‘St. Ignatius Scholarship for Women Theologians’. This scholarship is for African women (Religious or Lay) to study towards the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or the Master of Theology/Licentiate in Sacred Theology,” read in part the poster announcing…