By Junno Arocho Esteves
Pope Francis talks with a woman during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 18 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
ROME (CNS) — International Women’s Day is a day that celebrates the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women.
Pope Francis has often spoken on their achievements and contributions to the church, but has honored their pivotal role in the history of salvation — from the bravery of Judith who rallied the people of Israel to trust in God to the courage of Mary who through her yes to God brought forth the savior of the world.
Here are just some of the pope’s words on the importance of women in the world and in the church:
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