The Vatican's Women: Female Influence at the Holy See

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St. Martin's Press, Dec 9, 2003 - Religion - 224 pages
Four hundred of the 3,800 people who permanently live or work in the State of Vatican City, the smallest sovereign and independent state on the globe, are women. They are nuns and members of the laity; some are housekeepers of churchmen; others are secretaries, translators, editors, lawyers, and middle-level officials of the papal administration.

Expansive in scope and enlightening in detail, The Vatican's Women recalls women who wielded power in the Vatican, including St. Catherine of Siena, Queen Christina of Sweden, Mother Pascalina (Pope Pius XII's longtime housekeeper and confidante), and Mother Teresa. With an unflinching eye, Paul Hofmann examines the papacy's reaction to Catholic women's (and nuns') liberation, and women's struggles, especially today, to fortify their positions within the Church. The Vatican's Women is a thorough and revealing exploration that will herald a new level of insight and dialogue amongst feminists, theologians, and laypeople alike.

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The author took his time as a reporter in Rome and interviewed people involved with the Vatican. From that, this book. A collection of what goes on with and among women in the Vatican. It is worse than I thought! Read full review

THE VATICAN'S WOMEN: Female Influence in the Holy See

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Former New York Times Rome bureau chief Hofmann (Umbria, 1999, etc.) portrays influential women in the papacy's history, culture, and work force.About one-tenth of current Vatican employees are female ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Paul Hofmann was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times for almost thirty-five years and was chief of its Rome Bureau. He is presently a contributor to the Sunday magazine of the Times, as well as its Travel section. He lives in Rome.

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