Pope Francis Appoints Six Women to Vatican’s Previously All-Male Council for the Economy

FILE PHOTO: General view of Pope Francis leading a Mass for the canonisation of the Pope Paul VI and El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican October 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

Pope Francis has appointed six women to a high-level group that oversees financial matters in Vatican City that was previously only comprised of men.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church appointed the six women to the Council for the Economy, which was created in 2014 by the pontiff.

Announced Thursday, the new female appointees are Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof and Marija Kolak of Germany, Maria Osacar Garaicoechea and Eva Castillo Sanz of Spain, and Ruth Kelly and Leslie Ferrar of the United Kingdom.

Kelly and Ferrar each have public service experience, with Kelly having served as a minister in the government of former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Ferrar being a former treasurer for the Prince of Wales.

“It is wonderful to see the pope’s commitment to promoting women to decision-making posts in the Vatican,” said Kelly to the National Catholic Reporter.

In addition to the six women, the membership will include one male lay leader and eight cardinals, among them Cardinal Joseph Tobin of New Jersey.

“I see their nomination as an effort by Pope Francis to ensure greater opportunities for women to offer their gifts in service to the church,” stated Tobin to the NCR.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski