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US Catholic Church: Bishops 'Conference elects women as general secretary for the first time

15:36  23 february  2021
15:36  23 february  2021 Source:   ksta.de

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The Catholic German Bishops' Conference has elected a woman as its general secretary for the first time. The 50-year-old theologian Beate Gilles will succeed Father Hans Langendörfer on July 1st, as the Bishops' Conference announced on Tuesday in Bonn. Langendörfer retired in January after 24 years in office.

Beate Gilles © Schnelle / Deutsche Bischofskonfer / Deutsche Bischofskonferenz / obs Beate Gilles

The chairman of the Bishops' Conference, Georg Bätzing, spoke of a “strong sign that the bishops are fulfilling their promise to promote women in leadership positions”. Gilles is considered "a profound theologian, strongly networked in the diverse structures of the Catholic Church and equipped with the best organizational skills," explained the Limburg bishop.

Gilles thanked the bishops for their trust after the election and spoke of a "moving moment". She sees her choice as a “great opportunity” to work on the future of the church and to help shape it. She wants to approach her new task with "great respect". Gilles is currently the department head for children, youth and families in Bätzing's Limburg diocese. (afp)

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