Like Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis emphasizes the essential role of women in the Church’s evangelizing mission and has called for “a more incisive presence of women” in the Church and in the world.

Responding to that call, the Catholic Women’s Forum works to amplify the voice of Catholic women—in the culture and in the Church—in support of Catholic teachings. Our scholars have assisted the Women’s Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (now part of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life) by providing theological and pastoral reflections on issues important to the Church. Because we also strive to connect Catholic women more closely to each other and to the Church, we created this “Vatican” section of our website.

Here you will find select information about Vatican statements and events relevant to women, scholarly papers from past women’s conferences at the Vatican, items of interest from the Women’s Office in the new Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, and other information that reflects the universal Church.


Vatican Women’s Council Hopes to be ‘Electric Shock’ for Global Church (June 24, 2017)

Pope Francis: Central Role of Women in Interreligious Dialogue (June 9, 2017)

Pope Francis Addresses Women’s Role in the Church (June 9, 2016)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: Visibility of Women Vital for  Interfaith Education (June 8, 2017)

Related Articles and Resources:

Vatican’s Mothers Say That Increasingly, Their Day Has Come (Crux, May 14, 2017)

Why Melania and Ivanka Trump wore black to meet the Pope (Aleteia, May 25, 2017)

We’ve all got it wrong about women in the Catholic Church: An Interview with Ana Cristina Villa Betancourt of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life (December 26, 2016)

Letter to Synod Fathers from Catholic Women (October 2015)