Last weekend the Catholic Bishops of the Nordic countries gathered in Turku, Finland, for the autumn session of the Nordic Bishops' Conference and representatives of the Nordic Caritas organisations had a chance to meet with the bishops to discuss a number of issues.
The below is an excerpt from the press release after the Bishops' Conference session:
In a meeting with the Chaldean archbishop of Teheran, Ramzi Guarmou, the Bishops were informed about the suffering of Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the Middle East, and were able to express their moral support and discuss what practical and material assistance they should give.
The Bishops agree with the Caritas representatives about the need of equality for women to combat poverty. In this context, the importance of education for girls is stressed. Also, the Bishops hope that women increasingly may be encouraged to, and given the opportunity to support themselves economically in accordance with the Church’s social teaching.