Pope Francis names commission to study women deacons
Tuesday August 2 2016
Pope Francis at St Peter's Square at the Vatican. FILE PHOTO | ANDREAS SOLARO | AFP
The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will study the question of female deacons with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church, the Vatican said in a statement.
The move follows a pledge made by Francis in May during a question-and-answer session with members of female religious orders.
He made it clear however that he did not see women becoming priests, an option that was categorically rejected by one of his predecessors, Pope John Paul II, following a 1994 study.