GWP Looks to Pope Francis's Model of Courage Serving Women and the Poor

Global Women's Project | Fri, Apr 18, 2014

“During Holy Week and throughout the Easter season, we are called to remember the life of Jesus, and to contemplate the courage of those who stood in solidarity with him, including his mother Mary. According to Pope Francis, “Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.” (APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM, November 2013) Photo by Tom Gomez/Reuters/Londoy


As Archbishop of Buenes Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio reached out to the poor and oppressed, many of whom were women with children, for the ritual of the Maundy Thursday feet washing. Pope Francis has shown remarkable courage to stand publicly with those who most need it: the poor, outcast, and oppressed. Women have not only historically been among those most oppressed, but still disproportionately bear the burden of poverty and injustice. The Global Women’s Project celebrates Pope Francis's courage to stand with women, mothers, and all of those on the margins of a global society increasingly defined by the gap between rich and poor. In the spirit of revolutionary love that Mary exemplifies, we stand with Pope Francis in solidarity with women and girls in need, and send wishes for a peaceful Holy Week and a joyous Easter!