A First as Pope Promotes Woman to High Ranking Role

Pope Francis named the first woman to hold a high-ranking position in the Secretariat of State. The newly created position will be held by 66 year-old Francesca Di Giovanni, who has been working in the Secretariat of State since 1993.

She is a specialist in international law and human rights and will oversee multilateral relations. “I hope that my being a woman might reflect itself positively in this task, even if they are gifts that I certainly find in my male colleagues as well,” Di Giovanni said to Vatican News. 

In 2019, Pope Francis appointed four women as the first to take on the role of councillors for the Synod of Bishops, in which they will set up major meetings of world bishops to discuss important topics to the church.

The Realist Woman’s take:

With women being half of the 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide, you would think women would have already been appointed more prominent roles. But within the Catholic Church and most religious institutions worldwide, men dominate. 

Ultimately, this news of Di Giovanni’s appointment is great. This woman has been faithful in her work within the Vatican for close to three decades and will do great in her new role. I hope it leads to more women as leaders within the church.

That last sentence sounds extremely unrealistic as I typed it but having hope isn’t a crime.