The day after authorities announced her release from kidnappers in Mali, Colombian Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was at the Vatican for a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and was greeted by Pope Francis.
The pope greeted Sister Narváez before and blessed her after the Mass Oct. 10, which formally opened the process leading up to the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2023.
Pope Francis commended the beatification of Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti, a 60-year-old member of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross who was brutally murdered on June 6, 2000 in northern Italy.
Leaders from dozens of religious orders dedicated to providing health care services and residential homes for elderly and disabled people reaffirmed their commitment to continue serving the most vulnerable as the global pandemic continues.
A more inclusive attitude and a cooperative approach that includes women are needed for the future of the church and society, said a number of Vatican officials.