Pope appoints six women to positions of responsibility at Vatican Council in progressive stages | World news

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Pope Francis has appointed six women to oversee Vatican finances, including Ruth Kelly, the former Minister of Labor, in the most senior roles ever given to women in the leadership of the Catholic Church.These appointments mark Francis’ most significant step in fulfilling his promise to place women in leadership positions. Until now, the 15 members of the Economic Council have all been men. By statute, the council should include eight bishops – who are always men – and seven lay people.

“For six women to be women is quite a large quota,” said Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. “But what’s important here is that these six women are part of a group that basically oversees all of the Vatican’s financial activities, so it’s obviously a very high level group.”

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