On Thursday 12th May: Pope Francis, in his address to 900 members of the International Union of Superior Generals (UISG), announced the setting up of a commission to investigate ways for women to become Deacons within the Church.
When he was asked if he would consider women Deacons he replied, “I believe yes. It would do good for the church to clarify this point. I am in agreement. I will speak to do something like this.”
Pope Francis commented on the role of early female deacons as, “A bit obscure” and referred to the writings of St Paul:
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me,”
So, will Pope Francis allow women Priests?
No. Only last year Pope Francis rejected that possibility saying, “Woman Priests; that cannot be done”.