In the closing session of the Second Vatican Council, an urgent call was issued to women of the world, to exercise their Christian vocation for the salvation of mankind: "The hour is coming, in fact it has come, when the vocation of women in the world acquires an influence-an effect and power never before achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do much to aid mankind in not falling. … Our technology runs the risk of becoming inhuman. (Women are urged to) reconcile men with life and watch carefully over the future of our race; hold back the hand of the man who might attempt to destroy human civilization."

Today, almost a decade later, when many women are questioning the traditional roles and images attributed to them, and seeking a deeper realization of their identity, the time seems opportune to restate our awareness of the quality and dimension of their apostolate and reaffirm the fullness of their membership of the universal Church, the Body of Christ.



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