Catholic nuns who are taking part in a three-week Vatican assembly on the Amazon have urged Pope Francis to allow them to vote on the final document Saturday.
The Vatican has not publicly responded to the request, but an expert said it would be unusual for voting rules to be changed once the assembly, or “synod”, was under way.
Only “synod fathers” bishops, cardinals and specially-appointed male representatives are allowed to vote on the final document, which brings together a list of recommendations submitted to the pope.
Francis will take those recommendations into consideration when he draws up his own document in the coming months.
There are 184 bishops or cardinals with voting rights taking part nearly two-thirds of whom come from the Pan-Amazon region, which covers nine Latin American countries.
The meeting, which ends Sunday, has also been attended by non-voting observers, auditors and experts, including 35 women.
Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara said Friday a letter had been sent to the pontiff.
She told journalists at a press briefing that the women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as “synod mothers”.
Specialized site Religion Digital said the 35 women had signed a petition calling for the right to vote.