Very interesting and very pertinent, too.
Below is the full text of Bl. Pope Paul VI’s message to women as part of the speeches and messages at the close of the Second Vatican Council, December 8, 1965. You can read the entire text of the closing speeches and messages here.
And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power…
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