Pope Francis names seven girls to beforehand all-male congregation


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named six superiors of ladies’s spiritual orders, a consecrated laywoman and the superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to be full members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Beforehand, the members had all been males: cardinals, a number of bishops and a number of other clergymen who have been superiors of huge spiritual orders of males. The Vatican confirmed that that is the primary time that girls have been appointed to the congregation, according to Christopher Lamb of The Tablet.


The ladies named members by the pope have been introduced by the Vatican July 8: Sisters Kathleen Appler, the U.S.-born superior of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul; Yvonne Reungoat, superior of the Salesian Sisters; Francoise Massy, superior of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary; Luigia Coccia, superior of the Comboni Sisters; Simona Brambilla, superior of the Consolata Missionary Sisters; Rita Calvo Sanz, superior of the Firm of Mary Our Girl; and Olga Krizova, common president of the Volunteers of Don Bosco, a gaggle of consecrated laypeople.

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Brother Robert I. Schieler, the U.S.-born superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, additionally was named a full member of the congregation together with the clergymen who’re superiors common of the Jesuits, the Discalced Carmelites, the Augustinians, the Scalabrinians, the Capuchins and the abbot president of the Subiaco Cassinese Benedictine Congregation.

The brand new members introduced by the Vatican additionally included 5 bishops and 4 cardinals: Cardinals Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar for Rome; Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Household and Life; Luis Ladaria Ferrer, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Religion; and Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, Spain.


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