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Pope notes key role of women in building American Catholicism

April 23, 2012

Meeting on April 21 with representatives of the Papal Foundation, an American charitable group, Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the vital role that women played in building Catholicism in the US.

The Pope spoke in particular of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, both of whom will be canonized in October. These two women, he said, are “striking examples of sanctity and heroic charity” as well as examplars of Christian female leadership in the Church.

The Papal Foundation was established in 1990 to provide financial support for the papacy.


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