|Pope Francis greets a group of women at the Vatican.|
International Women’s Day was celebrated around the world on March 8. Pope Francis sent a special message to women around the world and thanked them for their contribution to the church and its mission.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis commended “all the women throughout the world who are seeking, every day, to build a more human and welcoming society,” following the Angelus on Sunday.
“A world where women are marginalized is a sterile world, because women don’t just bear life but transmit to us the ability to see otherwise, they see things differently. They transmit to us the ability to understand the world with different eyes, to understand things with hearts that are more creative, more patient, more tender,” Francis said.
Pope Francis then offered a special blessing and prayer over all the women in St. Peter’s Square and for women around the world.