Meet the women trying to break the Vatican glass ceiling

The role of women in the Catholic Church is being reassessed after a Synod held in October launched new proposals for churches and diocese across the world.

But women weren’t allowed to vote in this Synod, and some are now not just asking for votes – they’re asking for shared ministry, or women’s ordination.

You can find out more about the issues young Catholics are currently debating in the World Service’s Heart and Soul programme.

Watch the video here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-46142927/meet-the-women-trying-to-break-the-vatican-glass-ceiling

Why LGBT Catholics want to change attitudes in Italy

Coming out can be challenging for young people across the globe – but in Italy many young Catholics are struggling with negative attitudes from both their communities and their churches.

While some churches offer support for the LGBT community, others are still asking young people to see a psychologist or stop attending Church events. Sometimes even celibacy is expected.

Giulia is in the committee for an informal LGBT Catholic association that supports people up and down the country. Listen to her chat with her friend and fellow group member Edoardo about the challenges they’ve faced.

Threat to the ‘black Christ of Alabama’ church window

One of the civil rights movement’s most iconic pieces of art in the US is under threat.

Not only is this stained glass window in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the first depictions of a black Christ in the deep South – it was created for the church by a Welsh artist, with donations from children across Wales.

The city was the centre of several demonstrations and marches and the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1963, killing four girls and destroying much of the church.

Snowdonia stained glass artist John Petts was so moved by the tragedy that he wanted to help replace the window at the front of the church.

There are now fears its window is at risk from Alabama’s stormy weather.

The church is appealing to the public to raise funds to preserve the ‘Welsh window’.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-45639831/threat-to-the-black-christ-of-alabama-church-window