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In Rare Move, Pope Francis Appoints A Woman To A Senior Vatican Position


Added 01-15-20 03:07:01pm EST - “Francesca Di Giovanni is the first woman to have a managerial role in the Secretariat of State, one of the most important departments in the Vatican. She's been working there for 27 years.” - Npr.org

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Pope Francis, shown here delivering a blessing earlier this month at St. Peter's Square, has appointed a woman to a senior diplomatic position. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

Pope Francis, shown here delivering a blessing earlier this month at St. Peter's Square, has appointed a woman to a senior diplomatic position.

Pope Francis has announced that he is appointing a woman for the first time to a managerial role in the Secretariat of State, one of the most important departments in the Vatican.

Francesca Di Giovanni, who has worked at the Secretariat for 27 years, will be elevated to the position of under-secretary for the Section for Relations with States. She'll manage the Vatican's relationships with multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.

The Roman Catholic Church's leadership is almost completely male-dominated, and women are not allowed to be ordained as priests. In recent months, however, Francis has expressed a desire to include more women in decision-making roles.

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