Feb 6, 2021 - World

Pope Francis appoints first woman to senior synod role

 Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience, on February 26, 2020 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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Pope Francis has appointed 52-year-old French Sister Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

Why it matters: She's the first woman to be appointed to the synod, which advises the pope and has voting rights. The pontiff has expressed support for women playing a more leading role in the Catholic Church, though he hasn't advocated to overturn the Vatican's female priesthood ban.

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