Well Pope Francis certainly saved the best till last on his visit to Brazil, waiting until he was on the plane home to make his most strident comments yet on a number of crucial religious issues.
Speaking to press on the flight back to Rome yesterday the Pope addressed the controversial topics of women priests and homosexuality in the Catholic Church.
Michael Kelly of the Irish Catholic has been listening to what he’s had to say and he joined Myles this morning.
by Kate Cooper (Atlantic Books)
As a Professor of Ancient History, Kate Cooper has written several books from the rise and fall of the Roman Empire to family and daily life in early Christianity. However she joins us today to tell the story of early Christianity from a surprising and often unheard of point of view – that of the woman’s point of view. The role of women in early Christianity as businesswomen, patrons, sisters, mothers and wives, she argues, were hugely significant to the growth of Christianity into a world religion.
In fact she continues to say that if you put Jesus and the Apostles to one side, it’s perfectly possible to tell the story of early Christianity from the first century all the way through the fifth century without mentioning a man. She joins me today to discuss her book Band of Angels - The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women.