Created: 10/12/2013 7:43 PM WHEC.com
Pope Francis said "women are called to service, not servitude" while addressing a study seminar Saturday.
The event was organized by the women's section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
It marked the 25th anniversary of an apostolic letter written by Pope John Paul II, which was the first in papal teaching dedicated entirely to the theme of the woman.
Pope Francis said there are two dangers when speaking on the topic of women.
He said the first is to reduce maternity to a "social role," which "sets the woman aside with her potential."
The other, he warned, is the opposite, which promotes a "type of emancipation" that "abandons the feminine with the precious traits that characterize it."
Francis also spoke about how women help people understand "the mercy, tenderness and love that God has for us."