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Woman named to highest position yet in Vatican bureaucracy

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2004

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II named Salesian Sister Enrica Rosanna to the highest position ever held by a woman in the Vatican, the No. 3 post in the congregation that governs religious orders worldwide.

In addition, three women have been named to Vatican consultative bodies since March. Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon heads the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Sister Sara Butler of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois and Barbara Hallensleben of Germany are new members of the International Theological Commission.

Women's groups have repeatedly asked for more prominent Vatican appointments and Pope John Paul has said women should have more say in the church.

Rosanna, 65, formerly taught at Rome's Auxilium Pontifical Faculty of Education Sciences.



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