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Papal Audience April 3: Pope says women’s love makes them privileged witnesses of Christ (from CNS)

April 3, 2013

Pope Francis made statements today during his Papal Audience regarding the special role of women in the Church. From an article by the Catholic News Service, here is an excerpt:

” ‘Women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and communicating his face, because the eyes of faith always need the simple and profound look of love,” the pope told an estimated 50,000 people in St. Peter’s Square April 3.

‘This is the mission of women, of mothers and women, to give witness to their children and grandchildren that Christ is risen,” he said. “Faith is professed with the mouth and heart, with the word and love.’ …

Commenting on the words, ‘rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,’ the pope noted that the New Testament gives women a ‘primary, fundamental role’ as witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. He cited the passage in Mark Chapter 16 in which women find an empty tomb and an angel who tells them that Jesus is alive.

‘Here we can see an argument in favor of the historical truth of the resurrection,” Pope Francis said. “If it had been an invention, in the context of that time it would not have been linked to the testimony of women,” since the Jewish law of period did not consider women or children as “reliable, credible witnesses.’

‘This tells us that God does not choose according to human criteria,’ the pope said. ‘The first witnesses of the birth of Jesus are the shepherds, simple and humble people, and the first witnesses of the resurrection are women.’ ”

You can read the article in its entirety here.

Commonweal Magazine also had an article about Pope Francis’ remarks.

Here is a video clip of the Pope’s remarks:

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