Skirts versus cassocks as Catholic women bid for rights

A woman takes part in a vigil prayer on the eve of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at St Peter's basilica on October 3, 2015 at the Vatican. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Of the 360 or so people taking part in the three-week review, only 17 are women, called to speak strictly about their experience as wives and mothers — and certainly not eligible to take part in the final vote on change.
  • But with thorny subjects from homosexuality to divorce on the table from this weekend, will the red-hatted "princes" of the Church and their pink-sashed colleagues make time to talk about letting women into the Vatican's halls of power?



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