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A nun prays as Pope Francis leads the rosary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome May 4.
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A nun prays as Pope Francis leads the rosary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome May 4.

Women have a privileged role in the church because of their ability to pass on the faith through love, Pope Francis says.

“This is the mission of women, of mothers and women, to give witness to their children and grandchildren that Christ is risen,” he said. “Faith is professed with the mouth and heart, with the word and love.”