Vatican newspaper launches women’s section

The Vatican’s official newspaper is for the first time in its more than 150-year history printing a special supplement for women. The four-page color supplement, which will appear in Italian every last Thursday of the month in the L’Osservatore Romano, aims to promote better understanding of the “under-appreciated treasure” of women in the Church, the paper’s director Giovanni Maria Vian told reporters. The Church counts among its members 740,000 nuns and 460,000 monks and priests. Pope Benedict XVI supports the project, Vian said.

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