French sister Natalie Picquart will be the first woman appointed to this position, who will have the right to vote in the synod.
This puts her in a position to help make major decisions in the Catholic Church, according to Vatican News, the Holy See’s official press site.
The Synod advises the Roman Pontiff, including many controversial topics such as divorce.
He named Pope Francis Picquart, to the father’s side. Luis Marne de San Martin as the newest Under Secretary.
Cardinal Mario Grech, president of the Synod, told Vatican News that “the door has been opened” to the possibility of more women voting.
“During the last Synod, many Synod Fathers emphasized the need for the entire Church to reflect on the place and role of women in the church,” said Grech.
Even Pope Francis highlighted several times the importance of women being more involved in the processes of discrimination and decision-making in the Church. Indeed, in recent church councils, the number of women participating as experts or auditors has increased.
“With the appointment of Sister Natalie Beckwart, and the possibility of her participating in the right to vote, the door has opened. We will then see what other steps can be taken in the future,” said Grech.
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