Pope Francis is open to discuss ordaining women as deacons in Catholic Church

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The order of deacons was reinstituted in the Catholic Church following the reforms of the 1960s, and while deacons cannot celebrate the Eucharist like a priest, a deacon can preach at Mass, preside at weddings and funerals and perform baptisms. They can carry out many tasks in place of a priest, including presiding over baptisms and prayer services or play a role in parish management and in offering pastoral guidance to believers. The church restricted ordination as a deacon to “mature married men” over 35. the papal commission could re-establish an order of female deacons. Church historians say women played this role in the first centuries of the Church, but the practice died out and calls for women to be allowed to become priests were categorically rejected by Pope John Paul II in 1994.

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