Mulieris Dignitatem 25th Anniversary Sparks Seminar at the Vatican

News out from the Pontifical Council for the Laity:

Twenty five years after the publication of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem by Blessed John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Laity wishes to reflect again on this document. A quotation from this letter is the theme of the seminar: God entrusts the human being to a woman” (cf. MD,30). It is scheduled to take place in Rome on 10 and 11 October 2013.

More on the specific goals of the seminar:

Starting with a study of Blessed John Paul II’s intuition on number 30 of Mulieris Dignitatem, the seminar will look at the changes throughout history in how women have been perceived. They will ask if these changes have led women to renounce their role, and they will study the many aspects that have arisen as a result of the present cultural crisis. Finally, they will look at the role of women in building a civilisation of love, and they will try to identify some principles that are needed to safeguard the humanum. They will present some proposals for a new civilisation of love. Ample time will be given during the seminar for discussion and exchange of ideas.

We hope that the seminar can respond to the invitation Pope Francis made at the start of his pontificate to all men and women to be “protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment” (Homily at the Mass for the inauguration of the pontificate, 19 March 2013). He was asking us not to allow signs of destruction and death to be in the world. The seminar will be a time of deep reflection on the specific role of women in safeguarding the humanum and, with God’s help, will allow each one to be even more committed to giving their contribution in the various areas discussed.

Learn more at the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s website.

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