Pope Francis created a new Commission for the Study of the Female Diaconate, made up of five women and seven men, almost a year after announcing that research on this subject, entrusted three years ago to a group of experts, came to a halt due to a difference of vision and thought among them.

The new Commission was instituted during an audience granted to Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reported the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi, Archbishop of L’Aquila, Italy, will head the group. The Reverend Denis Dupont-Fauville, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been appointed Secretary. Experts from Ukraine, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, and France complete the list of members, together with other scholars from Spain, the United States, and Europe.

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