Manila: Pope Francis said on Sunday men should listen to women`s ideas more and not be male chauvinists.
The Argentine pope made impromptu remarks during a youth rally at a co-ed Catholic university in the Philippine capital, Manila, after he noted that four of the five people who addressed him on stage were male.
"There is only a small representation of females here, too little," he said, bringing laughter from the crowd.
"Women have much to tell us in today`s society. At times we men are too `machista`," he said, using the Spanish term for male chauvinists.
"(We) don`t allow room for women but women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand," he said to more applause.
He noted that it was a 12-year-old girl, not any of the four men, who had posed the toughest question, asking why God allowed children to be abandoned. [ID:nL6N0UX002].
He ended that part of his impromptu remarks with a joke: "So, when the next pope comes to Manila, let`s please have more women among you."
Francis has said that, while the Roman Catholic Church`s ban on women priests is definitive, he wants to appoint more nuns and other women to senior positions in the Vatican.