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Pope Francis Affirms Women's 'Indispensable' Role in Family, Workplace

Francis Sends Telegram to International Workshop on ‘Women and Work’ in Rome

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Pope Francis has lauded the invaluable role women play in the family and the workplace.

According to Vatican Radio,  Pope Francis gave his support to a two-day International Workshop on “Women and Work” taking place in Rome beginning today through a telegram he sent through Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the workshop is focused on the dichotomy between the needs of work and family facing women today. It will explore proposals for a more effective promotion of the work of women, especially in the face of discrimination, such as pay disparities, and other prejudices faced by mothers in the workplace.

In the telegram, Pope Francis expresses his hope that the symposium “will help to affirm the indispensable role of women in the family and the formation of children,” as well as “the essential contribution of women workers in the building up of economic structures and a politics worthy of humanity.»

Francis also encouraged the conference’s participants to work toward «identifying concrete suggestions and positive models for the harmonization of work commitments and family needs.”

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