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a purple banner reading "Ordain Women" was placed on the Sant'Angelo bridge
In celebration of the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, a purple banner reading "Ordain Women" was placed on the Sant'Angelo bridge just in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome Oct. 1.


According to the Women's Ordination Conference: "St. Therese, who herself longed to be a priest, is one of countless women whose vocations continue to be rejected and dismissed. A 19th century French Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church, St. Therese wrote in her journals and confided in her sister Celine of her deep desire to be a priest. St. Therese's priestly vocation is too often written out of her story. Today we honor her not-so little impact as a courageous voice for women and her fierce love for God. Women are called to priesthood and it is our work to amplify their voices and, quite simply, keep them in the frame."

President John Kennedy captured the gist of the matter 53 years ago, when he spoke about a "nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness." That sword still hangs -- and we still live in a world of accidents and miscalculations, a world still capable of madness.

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