It’s Canonical to include women in church sacraments-Fr. Abe

By Chany Ninrew

The Secretary General of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Juba, Reverend Samuel Abe Joseph said a decision by the Pope to legally include women in the church sacraments has been a long practice in the country.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Abe said the Catholic in the country allows women to serve at the altar and read the Bible during the Masses.

“What the Pope has talked about has been a practice in the Archdiocese of Juba, we have women readers and women distributing Holy Communion,” he said.

On Monday this week, Pope Francis announced that he had changed the code of canon law to institutionalize the access of lay women to the service of the word and the altar, a practice that is already allowed in the Catholic Church.

This means that women can now be Bible readers at masses serve at the altar and distribute communion.

In a letter released on Monday, the Pope explained that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are open to women in a stable and institutionalized form.

Pope Francis stated that the decision was reached in order to recognize the “precious contribution” of women in the church.

Last year, Pope Francis took a significant step to recognize same sex marriage for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church.

The move has been received with applaud and criticism from believers without the church and other religions across the world.

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