- Oct 28, 2020
The Catholic Church’s global organization of nuns has denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” surrounding sexual abuse in the Church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said more must be done to protect the dignity of women, while promoting their integral development and advancement within the family and society. The Vatican’s UN delegation, he said, “strongly supports the international community in its efforts to raise awareness and take concrete steps to prevent the abhorrent phenomenon of violence perpetrated against migrant women and girls.”
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Vatican permanent observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, told the Human Rights Council that women provide “an irreplaceable value in political, economic and social life,” and he emphasized the need to eliminate any form of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance toward women.
In a first-ever joint statement on International Women’s Day, the leaders of Cyprus’s Christian and Muslim faithful pledged to work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls. The leaders said Christianity and Islam condemn violence against women and that it is their religious duty to stand united against it.