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Pope Says He's Willing to Study Women Deacons

Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men. Francis agreed to a proposal to create an official study commission during a closed-door meeting with some 900 superiors of women's religious orders. Deacons are ordained ministers but are not priests, though they can perform many of the same functions as priests:...

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