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US Jesuit university names first woman and first layperson as president

US Tania Tetlow

Updated 8am, 12th February, 2022 (AEDT)New YorkAP Fordham University, a Jesuit institution in New York, has named its new president, Tania Tetlow. She is the first woman and first layperson to lead the school in its 181-year history. Tetlow broke the same two barriers in her previous job, serving since 2018 as president of Loyola University […]

Cardinal skips Vatican trial to boycott talk of rumoured liaison with woman

Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu Sept 2020

Vatican CityReuters A cardinal who is a defendant in a Vatican corruption trial stayed away on Tuesday because he did not want to be in the room when lawyers spoke of rumours that he had an intimate relationship with a woman, which he has denied. The trial, in which 10 defendants are accused of fraud […]

Marriage – equal?

Couple holding hands

I’ve been happily married for 25 years this year. What have I learnt that I can share with you? PICTURE: Ryan Franco/Unsplash  You have to marry your equal. Your best friend. And you have to see them as that. Now, of course you’re not actually equal. You’re taller, she’s smarter. You’re stronger, she’s more caring. […]

Disgruntled Pope Francis pulls himself free from woman’s grasp

Pope woman

Vatican CityReuters A visibly indignant Pope Francis had to pull himself away from a woman in a crowd in St Peter’s Square on Tuesday after she grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her. Pope Francis was walking through the square in Vatican City and greeting pilgrims on his way to see the large Nativity […]



Sadly, for much of history, women were considered the property of men. Their only value was keeping the home running and birthing children. PICTURE: Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash It was very difficult to live as a woman without a man. Then things changed. The early church gave status to woman as equal in value to men; […]

US names first Native American woman poet laureate

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New York City, USThomson Reuters Foundation The US on Wednesday named its first Native American to the role of poet laureate, a woman whose poetry reflects the struggles and stories of Indigenous people in America. The poems of Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, are “carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,” said […]

Many women in Morocco face abuse at home, some are now speaking out

Women Morocco Violence

Rabat, MoroccoReuters Bearing pictures of scars and bruises she said she had suffered at home, Fatna Ben Ghala sought help at a women’s counselling centre in a poor neighbourhood near Morocco’s capital Rabat after she and her mother endured domestic violence by a relative. The case of Ben Ghala, 40, and her mother was not […]