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Female deacons in the Catholic Church?

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP
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.