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A woman holds a sign reading “Women for Deacons” as Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 6, 2019.
FaithFaith in Focus
Anna Keating
Many people who oppose the idea of women as deacons fear that the potential candidates aren’t faithful Catholics. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
FaithDispatches
Sarah Vincent
Even though women make up more than half of U.S. Catholics and 80 percent of lay ecclesial ministers, a new report found that Catholic women still struggle to have their contributions recognized.
FaithNews
Mark Pattison - Catholic News Service
The number is dropping, mirroring trends seen in religious life and the priesthood for the past half-century.
Politics & SocietyNews
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
Hundreds of faithful were also present at the ordination Mass, which was more subdued than past years because of travel restrictions and limited seating due to the pandemic.
FaithPodcasts
Inside the Vatican
This week on “Inside the Vatican," Colleen Dulle speaks with Phyllis Zagano about the church’s history not only of ordaining women deacons, but also the conversation around ordaining them again.
Arts & CultureBooks
Brianne Jacobs
While Phyllis Zagano thoughtfully draws out the theological implications of her research, her main point is historical: There is simply no precedent on which to base the exclusion of women from the diaconate in the Catholic Church.