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Pope Francis Defends Women Role in the Church

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Rome, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis defended today the women's position in church while denouncing how their role was usually relegated to servitude. Speaking at a conference at the Vatican to about 150 attendees to the event, the Holy Pontiff recalled that the Church is not male, but female. She is a woman, a mother, said in an apart on the official text written for the occasion, highlighted the TV in the capital.

The speech was prepared to mark the 25th anniversary of the council on the vocation of women, issued by the late Pope John Paul II, noted the Vatican radio.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took over as Bishop of Rome in March of this year, also said on his Twitter account his concerned about another shipwreck in the Mediterranean, killing fifty immigrants, and the European indifference to the phenomenon.

Have mercy Lord, we are so often blinded by our comfortable life and do not see those who die near us, commented the head of the Catholic Church.

Argentine Pope also appointed today the Brazilian Ilson de Jesu Montanari as the new secretary of the Congregation of Bishops.

Moreover, the Holy Pontiff will donate a Harley Davidson; he received as a gift, for sale or auction. The money received will be spent in the repairing of a shelter and food for poor people, stated the Vatican.