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New Vatican Constitution: Now leading positions for women as well

New Vatican Constitution: Now leading positions for women as well

The new constitution of the Curia entered into force in the Vatican, by which Pope Francis reorganizes the authorities of the Catholic Church. This brings great progress for women as well, writes DW.

The Reform work is entitled "Praedicate Evangelium" (Preach the Gospel). According to church experts this shows a clear desire for reform on the part of the 85-year-old head of the Catholic Church. The most important point of the new constitution: the laity - including women - can in the future run the various departments of the Vatican and run the highest central institutions of the Vatican. Until now such posts were reserved only for cardinals and archbishops and thus exclusively for men.

New Vatican Constitution: Now leading positions for women as well

In a nearly 50-page, 250-paragraph document, Pope Francis speaks of "healthy decentralization" and the transfer of more power to bishops and bishops around the world, so that local bishops can intervene in the administration of seminaries, in the formation of priests, in drafting the catechism and in other areas, without seeking the approval of the Vatican, but only a simple confirmation.