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Pope Francis Creates Commission to Study Possibility of Female Deacons

© REUTERS / Alessandro BianchiPope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
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Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the historical role of female deacons in the Catholic Church in a bid to determine whether women should be allowed to occupy such positions again, the Vatican said in a press release Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision comes after Pope Francis, in May, indicated his intention to review the matter of female representation within the Church. Currently, all deacons within the Catholic Church are male.

“After intense prayer and mature reflection, His Holiness has decided to set up the commission to study women deacons,” the press release reads.

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According to the statement, the commission, comprising seven men and six women, is set to study the issue, focusing on the role of female preachers in the early years of Catholicism.

The statement, however, ruled out the possibility of female priests, the religious rank one step higher than a deacon.

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