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National / International News

Pope Francis says he's open to studying the female diaconate

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.

Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in Church decision-making at every level.

God doesn't barter, rewarding the good, punishing the bad, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Salvation has nothing to do with the tidy business of bartering — earning God's love in return for good behavior, Pope Francis said.