Three women appointed to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Pope Francis has made an historic decision to appoint women to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

They are the first females members and the first non-clerics to be appointed to the Congregation.

The three women appointed are:

  • Linda Ghisoni, who is a professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and an undersecretary in the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. She is also a judge at the First Instance Court of the Vicariate of Rome and is a professor of law at Roma Tre University;
  • Michelina Tenance, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, is a consecrated woman. Among her various achievements and posts, Francis appointed her to the commission to study the female diaconate in 2016;
  • Laetitia Calmeyn, lecturer of theology at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris. Her ministries include working as a palliative care nurse, a retreat organizer for youth, and a Catholic religion teacher. She has a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome.

Other new appointees are:

  • Father Sergio Paolo Bonanni, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University;
  • Father Manuel Jesús Arroba Conde, dean of the Institutum Utriusque Iuris at the Pontifical Lateran University.

The Congregation promotes and defends the doctrine of the faith and its traditions in all of the Catholic world.

Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer leads the Congregation.

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