"Mentioning Catholicity, the pontiff said that each of the Vatican offices must be staffed by members that represent the diversity of the church in the different parts of the world.
The pope said he foresees "a greater number of laypeople, especially in those dicasteries where they can be more competent than clerics or consecrated people," and said "giving value to the role of women is also of great importance."
Bridget Mary's Response:
Wow! Sounds like Pope Francis is really in a bad mood with the Curia.
Another year with a lump of coal for them!
Seriously, it is time to get serious about placing women in decision making roles and at least moving forward with women deacons as a first step towards gender equality. How long O God, must women wait for Francis and the Vatican to move!