Pope to study the possibility of female deacons

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis leaves after an audience with families in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year. The survey reflects the pope's pledges to move away from what he called a "Vatican-centric" approach toward one where local church leaders are more involved in decision-making. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

(CNN) – Pope Francis has created a commission to study the historical role of female deacons in the Catholic Church.  While this doesn’t mean women will become deacons any time soon, it does signal that the pope is open to dialogue.

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