Pope Francis has once again vocalized his support for women saying that the Catholic Church needs to rediscover its maternal heart and the world needs Mary’s motherly guidance.
According to the Pope, the church needs Mary’s motherly guidance so it can become a place where everyone is welcomed as brothers and sisters. (Read: Pope Calls for More Women Participation in Church Affairs)
“We need maternity, those who generate and regenerate life with tenderness, because only giving, caring and sharing hold the human family together,” he said to professors and students of the Marianum, a pontifical institute for the study of Mariology in Rome.
Mothers as Beacons of Hope
“Earnings and profits by themselves do not offer a future, rather sometimes they increase inequality and injustice,” Pope Francis says. “Mothers instead make every child feel at home and give hope.”
Furthermore, Pope Francis reminded the staff of the institute that they should welcome every opportunity for collaboration with other institutes. He says this is to open themselves to different cultures and beliefs around the world and widen their opportunities for interreligious dialogue. (Read: Women’s Rights Around the World: How Far Have We Really Come?)
“Mary is a mother who teaches the art of encounter and walking together,” the Pope said. “And, so, it is wonderful that, like in a big family, different theological and spiritual traditions merge at the Marianum, which contributes to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”
Role of Women in Salvation
The Pope also stressed that because women played an essential role in the story of salvation, their importance for the church and world must be recognized. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Six Women Leaders to Vatican Economic Council)
“How many women do not receive their due dignity! Women, one of whom brought God into the world, must be able to bring their gifts to history,” he said. “Their intelligence and manner are needed. Theology needs this so that it is not abstract and conceptual, but delicate, narrative and alive.”
Mariology can contribute by bringing that beauty which “humanizes and instills hope” into today’s culture,” the Pope said, and it can look for “more dignified places for women in the church.”