Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

AFP , Thursday 12 May 2016

File photo of Pope Francis. (Photo: AP)

Pope Francis said Thursday he is prepared to set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy at the rank of deacon, one below a priest.

Francis made the remarks in exchanges with female members of religious orders during a meeting at the Vatican, according to reporters who were present. His spokesman said he could not immediately confirm the pontiff had made remarks that could have far-reaching implications.


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