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Micah D. Kiel is a professor in the theology department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and the author of Reading the Bible in the Age of Francis.

A woman holds a sign in support of women deacons as Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Micah D. Kiel
The synod on the Amazon has again raised the possibility of women deacons. The New Testament gives us a model and precedent, writes Micah D. Kiel of St. Ambrose University, by the name of Phoebe.