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Pope Francis gestures during an audience with the heads of women's religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis met the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders at the Vatican last week

We must not neglect our prayers for women (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

I felt twinges of guilt when I heard Pope Francis’s May prayer intentions

Women listen to Pope Francis during Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (AP)

The Pope’s prayer intentions for May have been released via video

Mother Angelica (CNS)

Mother Angelica could be vociferous in defending Our Lord and she sparred with important men of the cloth

A woman prays at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Christian women are more likely to attend weekly religious services than men, study finds

Sister Mary Eucharista pictured in St Louis during the symposium organised by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CNS)

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia gave the opening address at the Symposium on Religious Life in St Louis

'Far from empowering women, the 1967 Abortion Act has left a trail of destruction' (PA)

In 48 years since the passing of the Abortion Act around eight million abortions having been carried out in the UK

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman, with two couples attending the synod (CNS)

Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau said, where possible, women should be given higher positions in the Church

The luncheon has raised £52,000 down the years

Catholic Women of the Year 2015 announced

Four inspirational women will be honoured at a luncheon event in central London in October