Vatican News staff writer
Speaking on behalf of Pope Francis in a video message on Monday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin welcomed the Women’s Forum G20 Italy meeting, saying the world needs women's partnerhship, leadership, and skills to face the monumental challenges of today. The meeting participants are gathered in Milan for a two day meeting focusing on the theme of “A She-covery for all, Uniting Power with purpose for a new Inclusive Leadership” that aims to raise awareness on the critical role women play and the positive impact on social and economic recovery efforts.
Cardinal Parolin acknwoledged the great challenges the world is facing due to the pandemic and the huge efforts needed to recover and assist those most affected, many traumatized and in dire situations. He noted how Pope Francis has often underscored “the irreplaceable contribution of women in building a world that can be a home for all”, and in particular how they are “concrete and know how to weave life’s threads with quiet patience.” In the face of today’s global social, economic and climate challenges, he noted the role women play in promoting a sense of “selflessness”, especially needed today in order to rise above short sighted interests that only look to immediate profitability.
Underscoring the vital importance of participation and cooperation of all members of society, Cardinal Parolin said all are called to embrace the common vocation to be active builders of better world. He added, a renewed sense of humanity and the profound dignity that characterizes every human person will go a long way in contributing to these efforts.
In conclusion, he recalled Pope Francis' strong encouragement that every girl and young woman everywhere may have access to a quality education in order to flourish and dedicate themselves to the development and progress of cohesive societies.