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Letter to Women

Online Congress January - September 2008

concerning “the Dignity and Vocation of Women”,
“Mulieris Dignitatem”
Encyclical Letter by Pope John Paul II (30 September 1988)

For the sake of easier discussion we are focusing on the six major issues that emerge in this Encyclical Letter as indicated in the following Table. We have the full text of the Encyclical on our website. Click on each relevant section for direct access to the text.

Sections in Mulieris Dignitatem Topics
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Equal dignity of men and women in creation






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Jesus Christ and women






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Women as mothers






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‘The Bride and the Bridegroom’






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Women and the Eucharist






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Women and the primacy of love


Equality of Women

Christ and Women

Women as Mothers

Bride and Groom

Women and Eucharist

Women and Love



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