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Strengthening the Bonds of Peace - A Pastoral Reflection on Women in the Church and in Society. 

A reflection which examines equality of women and men, leadership in the Church and diversity of gifts. The U.S. Bishops urge the inclusion of women in church governance. USCCB title No. 034-6, 16 pp.

Pope John Paul II on the Genius of Women. A compendium that includes major statements from Pope John Paul II to and about women.

From the U.S. Bishops Committee on Women in Society and in the Church. USCCB title No. 5-113, 84 pp.

From Words to Deeds - Continuing Reflections on the Role of Women in the Church. Guidelines for meeting the challenge of contemporary life by living personally in the Spirit.

A statement of the NCCB Committee on Women and Society and in the Church. Prepared by the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth. USCCB title No. 5-226, 26 pp.

Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) - First Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI

Redemptoris Mater - Encyclical of Pope John Paul II on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the Pilgrim Church, March 25, 1987

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Other Sources for Documents on Women

Mulieris Dignitatem - (On the Dignity of Women), 1988. Apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II.

Women: Teachers of Peace - Message of Pope John Paul II for the World Day Peace, January 1, l995.

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