Pope Francis Gives Sisters Right To Vote At Bishop Meeting For First Time Ever

  • In a historic move, Pope Francis on Wednesday announced that women will be allowed to vote for the first time at a global meeting of bishops set to take place in October, in an effort to give women greater decision-making responsibilities in the Catholic Church.
  • Previously, women were only allowed to attend the papal advisory body, known as synods, as observers but did not have the right to vote. The new rules allow for five religious sisters to vote.
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