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Consulta femminil Equal and Different

Following the previous Plenary on Youth Cultures and after some consultations, Cardinal Ravasi announced on the 8th of March 2014 that the next Assembly of the Members and Consultors of the Pontifical Council for Culture shall have as its theme Women's Cultures.

Some internal think-tank sessions and research later, Members and Consultors were invited to reflect on a few key themes in a pastoral vision. The incoming contributions were then consolidated in a working document which was handed to an ad hoc "Consulta Femminile".

This group of women has produced the Outline document for the Plenary, identifying four key areas. They have also been instrumental in other aspects of the plenary, notably setting up a Public Evening in Rome's "Teatro Argentina" and in the Call for a wider conversation on the #LifeofWomen.

Here is the text: #LIFEOFWOMEN

At the Pontifical Council for Culture, in the Vatican, they have taken inspiration from Pope Francis’ openness and are reflecting on women’s cultures and the place for women in societies today, between equality and difference.

At what point are we today, as women?

I am sure you have asked yourself many times, who you are, what you do, what you think about your being a woman, your strengths, your difficulties, your body, and your spiritual life. If you want to, you can share your vision.

Why not tell it with a one-minute film, or in a photo. Put your work online with the hashtag #LifeofWomen, and send a link to

It could be chosen to be part of the opening event of a great meeting of cardinals and bishops in Rome in February 2015 and as part of a crowd-sourced film on YouTube.

You have until 4 January to send in your materials.

You are important!

Please note carefully, you are asked to send a link to your material posted online. Once it has been viewed by one of a circle of women supporters helping the Dicastery, if your material is chosen, you will receive the email address of our technicians to whom you should send the material in the highest definition possible.