Letter to Women - Beijing Conference
Pope John Paul II's letter in preparation for the Beijing
Dated June 29 and released July 10, 1995 at the Vatican.
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Nations held its Fourth Conference on Women in September 1995. In
anticipation of the conference, Pope John Paul II released a letter
commending those women who have demonstrated 'courageous initiative
in defending the dignity of womanhood', in adverse circumstances. The
pope appeals to states, nations, and international organizations to
support efforts to better the situations and conditions in which
women work and live. The letter devotes several paragraphs to the
Blessed Virgin Mary. The pope states, "The church sees in Mary the
highest expression of the feminine genius, and she finds in
her a source of constant inspiration." [LWB 10]
United Nations Fourth
World Conference on Women
Solutions must be based
on inherent dignity of women 2-3
Theme: "Action for Equality, Development and Peace"
A unique role in humanizing society 3-5
Women bear hardest burden of abortion 6-9
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Letter of His Holiness John Paul II to Mrs. Gertrude Mongella-Secretary
General of the Fourth World Conference on Women of the United Nations
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Origins 25:9 (July 27, 1995): 137-143
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