Pope Francis has called on all spheres of society in their complexities to respect and honour women. His message in the Pope video, released by The Pope Worldwide Prayer Network, as the prayer intention for May, His Holiness expressed concern for the societies’ response and care for the women.

He said the contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family.

According to the pontiff, it is not enough only to recognise their importance but more has to be done to show honour and respect for the beautiful being.

He regrets that as society ‘we have done little for the women in very difficult situations’ such as those who for various reasons and imperfect situations are trapped in are ‘marginalised, despised, and even reduced to slavery.’

Pope Francis, in a softened tone implored the audience that they, together with him, ‘must condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration in social, political and economic life.’

He concluded by appealing to all nations and leaders, who believe his call is right, to join his ‘petition that in all countries of the world women may be honoured and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.’