On March 8th, a group of talented, courageous women gathered at the heart of the Vatican to tell their stories of peace and hope.  These women who have the skill to combine inner faith with outer action. These women are stirring things up in the name of peace and are using their voices, courage, passion, anger, and leadership to support a global conversation on non-violence.

“As you know, the global theme for this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day isBe Bold for Change.  Here in Vatican City, physically at the center of the church, Voices of Faith and JRS seek to be Making the Impossible Possible.

Especially here in Rome, that is a bold change!  I would like to reflect on what making the impossible possible means to me as the leader of the Society of Jesus, as a citizen of the world, and as a member of the Catholic Church.  We need to have the faith that gives the audacity to seek the impossible, as nothing is impossible for God.  The faith of Mary that opened her heart as a woman to the possibility of something new: to become the Mother of God’s son….

St. Francis of Assisi himself said: “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  In that spirit, we are here today to listen to Voices of Faith, to hear stories of resilience, collaboration and inclusion.  We have more than started.  We will not stop.”           – Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, General Superior

“I’m staggered that in 21st century we still have to advocate for women’s voices to be heard, for the violence and injustice against women to stop, and for girls to have access to education.  Shouldn’t we all be angry?  Anger is a response of Pope Francis when he calls us to stop being indifferent to a world that is full of hate, jealousy, greed for power …and wars.  The world I love is in a crisis and I believe we need many people who are angry and who are willing to put this strong emotion into action.”                      – Chantal M- Götz – Managing Director Voices of Faith

Other speakers included Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, the Executive Director of NETWORK, among many, many others from around the world.  Watch the complete event “Stirring the Waters – Making the Impossible Possible” online at http://voicesoffaith.org/.  Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal’s entire speech can be read at:  http://voicesoffaith.org/making.

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