Mothers at the Vatican – their central role in the Church

ROME – Mothers and women have always had a central role in the Catholic Church.

The Virgin Mary is the ultimate example of its devotion to motherhood, to the point that one could say that every day is Mother’s Day in the Vatican.

Pope Francis, following the legacy of the previous two pontiffs, has taken steps to turn the Church’s devotion to women and mothers into facts, in part by calling for more women to be appointed to positions of prominence in the Vatican and throughout the Church.

“A Church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary.

The Madonna is more important than the Apostles, and the Church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother,” Pope Francis told journalists on the flight back from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2013.

“We cannot limit the role of women in the Church to altar girls or the president of a charity, there must be more.”

And more followed, with women being appointed by the Argentine pope to roles that had always been occupied by men. Some of the pope’s “firsties” are also mothers, and a few of them accepted to talk to Crux about their experiences, challenges and projects.

BARBARA JATTA – Having it All
Name: Barbara Jatta
Nationality: Italian
Position: Director of the Vatican Museums
Role model: St. George
Quote: “It’s a matter of energy and will”

Barbara Jatta, the newly elected director of the world-famous Vatican Museums, is the poster child for the Vatican’s openness and encouragement of women and mothers in positions of management in the Church.

A mother of three and a Vatican employee for the past 20 years, Jatta recognizes that there has been a shift in society in regard to the role of women, and that the Vatican is reflecting that shift. Continue reading


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