NCR Today: I have been thinking a lot lately about whether the Francis revolution is over.
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis paid a surprise visit Aug. 12 to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.
Francis Chronicles: The meal was part reunion, part progress report for Francis and the 21 refugees brought to Rome by the Vatican.
Simply Spirit: If the diaconate and priesthood are not irrevocably linked, there is strong precedent for ordaining women deacons.
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.