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Female deacons in the Catholic Church?

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP
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Female deacons in the Catholic Church?

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.

Deacons in the Catholic Church may baptise like priests, officiate at weddings and preach. Unlike priests, they are allowed to marry.