A first. Pope Francis on Saturday appointed French Nathalie Becquart Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, the first woman to hold this post, the Vatican announced. A religious of the Xavières congregation, Nathalie Becquart has been a consultant to the Synod, the assembly of bishops responsible for studying the major doctrinal questions of the Catholic Church since 2019.
Her appointment reflects the pope’s desire to promote “greater participation of women in ecclesial discernment and decision-making processes,” said the secretary general of the synod, Cardinal Mario Grech, in an interview with media from the Holy See. . Nathalie Becquart therefore also becomes the first woman to obtain the right to vote at the synod.
In particular, she wrote “Religious, why? This life is worth it ”
“During the last synods, the number of women who participated as experts or listeners increased. With the appointment of Sister Nathalie Becquart and her possibility of participating with the right to vote, a door has been opened, ”added Cardinal Grech. Born in Fontainebleau in 1969, Nathalie Becquart is a graduate of HEC, studied philosophy and theology at the Center Sèvres – Jesuit Faculties in Paris, as well as sociology at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
She recently majored in ecclesiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in the United States, according to the Vatican News website. She directed in France the National Service for the Evangelization of Young People and Vocations of the Conference of Bishops of France from 2012 to 2018.
Nathalie Becquart has published several essays including “Religious, why? This life is worth it ”and“ Now is the right time – Five views of women on the crisis ”. The Pope also appointed Spaniard Luis Marín de San Martín, member of the Order of Saint Augustine, as undersecretary.
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