Pope sets up commission to study women deacons

August 2, 2016 3:15 PM

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Pope sets up commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis set up a commission Tuesday to study the role of female deacons in the Catholic Church.

The panel of seven men and six women will focus on the history of women who held the position in the early years of the church, the Vatican said in a statement, according to AFP. The pope made the decision after "intense prayer and mature reflection," the statement said.

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