Some members are clearly supportive of the possibility of women serving as deacons, while others says there is no firm historical precedent to follow.
The trip comes days after the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi," began by St. Francis of Assisi in 1216.
Commentary: I've often wondered what happened to those priests I met right after the Second Vatican Council.
The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) expressed gratitude to the pope for creating a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons.
Speaking with bishops, Francis listed as a sin ideological colonization, particularly that of gender theory, which argues that male and female characteristics are malleable social constructs.
Vatican: Pope Francis creates his commission to study the possibility of female deacons in the Catholic church, appointing an equal number of male and female experts to the group.
Aboard the Papal Plane: Francis said he would address the sexual abuse allegations against the high-ranking Vatican official after the Australian justice investigation concludes.
Krakow, Poland --Pope Francis asks young people to show the world a new way, telling more than a million pilgrim to proclaim hope "with a smile and open arms."
World Youth Day: Pope Francis said at a Saturday vigil that our unsettled times require young people to "set out on new and uncharted paths."
Eco Catholic: Today's Vatican Gardens were once just a sprawl of mosquito-infested swamps, clay hillsides and hardy grape vines.