Pope Francis has for the first time promoted a woman to a junior ministerial post in the Vatican’s foreign affairs department.
Francesca Di Giovanni was appointed Undersecretary for the Section for Relations with States at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, a Vatican statement said on Wednesday.
Italy born Di Giovanni served in the same department in a lower position.
In an interview with Vatican News she said “Yes, actually, its the first time a woman has had a managerial position in the Secretariat of State,’’.
“The Holy Father has made an unprecedented decision, certainly, which beyond me personally represents an indication of an attention toward women.’’
According to her, the responsibility is connected to the job, rather than to the fact of being a woman.