Pope Francis today urged a greater presence of women "in the different fields of responsibility of the life of the Church in particular, and not only in the cultural field" during the ceremony of delivery of the Joseph Ratzinger prizes.
In presenting the award given by the Vatican foundation that bears the name of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the theologian Anne-Marie Pelletier, Francisco underscored the importance "of the recognition of women's contribution in the field of theological research. scientific and the teaching of theology, considered for a long time almost exclusive territories of the clergy ".
He added that it is necessary that "this contribution is stimulated and that it finds a wider space, coherent with the growth of the feminine presence in the different fields of responsibility of the life of the Church in particular, and not only in the cultural field" .
"Since Paul VI proclaimed Teresa de Ávila and Catalina de Siena as doctors of the Church, there is no doubt that women can reach the highest peaks in the intelligence of the faith," he said.
And he recalled that also "John Paul II and Benedict XVI have confirmed it, including in the series of doctors the names of other women, like Saint Teresa of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen".
The Ratzinger prize was also awarded today to the architect Mario Botta.
The Pope explained that the commitment of the architect is "of the highest value and must be recognized and encouraged by the Church" especially when "the neglect of the spiritual dimension and the dehumanization of urban spaces is at risk".