During a recent Vatican conference centered on the challenges women face throughout the world, Pope Francis used the words of Pope Benedict to affirm the link between the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and those regarding social ethics.
The international conference, titled “Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda – the Challenges of Sustainable Development Goals,” took place in Rome May 22-24.
As Vatican Radio reported, the forum was sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations, and the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family, and saw 100 delegates from around the world take part in discussions related to the 17 objectives proposed by the United Nations for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace said the new goals that will be approved in September will have a great impact on women in terms of their social roles. He added that the voices of Catholic women must be heard prior to the UN’s adoption of the goals.