International Women’s Day Celebrated at Vatican

Women’s Contributions to World, Church, Other Women, Highlighted at Annual Voices of Faith Event

Wikimedia photo of Casina Pio IV

Women have gathered in the Vatican and highlighted their great contributions to the world and Church.

This afternoon, marking International Women’s Day, the annual conference titled ‘Voices of Faith,’ was held in the Vatican’s Casina Pio VI, and welcomed speakers from around the world who spoke on everything from stopping girls from being sold as sex slaves, providing health care to the poor, and giving an education to refugees.

The event shared stories of women who have extraordinarily helped other women reach their potential.

The event began at 3 p.m. in the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV with a welcome by Mary Lou Falcone, Voices of Faith Advisory Board Chair, who discussed women and how their uniqueness contributes to the Year of Mercy. There were two sessions of the event.

Participating in part one of the event included: Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Journalist/Producer, 60 Minutes-CBS News; Sister Mary Doris, Siena House, Bronx NY; Cecilia Flores, Viasayan Forum Foundation, Philippines; Merci, refugee and student of Higher Education, Dzaleka Camp, Malawi; Caroline Kimeu & Judy Onyango, Kenya; Sabriye Tenberken & Paul Kronenberg, co-founders of Kanthari, India.

Participants in its second portion exploring women’s participation in the Church included: Dr. Carolyn Woo – President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, USA; Geralyn Sheehan –Country Director for US Peace Corps, Colombia; Petra Dankova – Postulant of Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, Czech Republic; Gayatri Lobo Gajiwala – English teacher, India; Nicole Perone – Student at Yale, USA.


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