Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope tells nuns to 'be mothers'

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Vatican City, May 8 - Pope Francis told a group of
nuns at Wednesday's general audience in St Peter's Square to
embrace their maternal side and to "be mothers".
"Chastity should be fertile, it generates spiritual
children," the pope told some 800 nuns from numerous religious
orders.
"Motherhood is sacred...you must be mothers and not old
maids," Francis said.
"Excuse me if I speak this way...be mothers, as figures of
the mother church, you cannot understand Mary and the Church
without motherhood, and you are icons of Mary and the Church".
While emphasising the role of women in the Church, Pope
Francis has also maintained a critical position on the majority
of American nuns for deviating from official Catholic doctrine
by promoting "radical feminist themes" and devoting too much
time to social justice while remaining quiet on issues such as
birth control and same-sex marriage.

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