Pope Francis has appointed Raffaella Petrini as the first woman to head the Vatican governorate.
The 52-year-old will be responsible for overseeing administrative operations, including the Vatican museums, post office and police; a role that the National Catholic Reporter said is traditionally held by a bishop.
This comes as Pope Francis has repeatedly said that he wants more women to play a role in the Catholic Church.
Back in January, the 84-year-old changed the law to allow women to serve as readers, altar servers and distributors of communion, however, support for women priests has yet to be expressed by the pontiff.
In February, the Pope appointed a woman as undersecretary of the synod of bishops, breaking the Catholic tradition.
In 2016, the Pope created a commission into the history of female deacons in the early years of the catholic church.
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