Pope Francis has said 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.
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
"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.