Pope Francis has reportedly said he supports the idea of studying whether women can serve as deacons in the church.
The Pontif has told a conference of nuns at the Vatican that he is willing to create a commission to study the idea.
Pope Francis takes major step toward allowing female deacons https://t.co/rmfSvqkPPI— TIME.com (@TIME) May 12, 2016
Deacons in the Catholic Church may baptise like priests, officiate at weddings and preach. Unlike priests, they are allowed to marry.
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