Is Francis Signaling Women’s Ordination in Foot Washing Ceremony?

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 women inmates at a Roman prison Thursday evening, the first time any pope included no men in the Holy Thursday ritual. The Church’s practice of washing the feet of 12 people is intended as a commemoration of the moment at the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet … Read more

Female Synod Adviser Appointed by Pope Francis Says ‘Women Deacons’ are a ‘Possibility’

One of the female advisers appointed to the Synod by Pope Francis has said women deacons are “a possibility.” In an interview with the news outlet of the German bishops,, theology professor Maria Lucchetti Bingemer said that thanks to Pope Francis, “There is already more visibility of women in leadership positions, and this creates … Read more

Vatican Says Women Deacons on Docket for Next Synod

Organizers of Pope Francis’s ongoing Synod of Bishops on Synodality announced Thursday that ten different working groups had been formed in the Roman Curia to address specific topics that came out of last year’s session. These topics, they said, are restricted to issues mentioned inside of the synod hall and include hot-button questions such as … Read more